Health recommendations and policies

UVic Immunization recommendations

University student life can be conducive to the transmission of various illnesses and viruses. Students may travel frequently and to distant destinations, be in close living arrangements on and off campus, and have multiple classroom gatherings. Illness means loss of productivity and can have an impact on your academic success.

Prevention is key

Many infectious diseases can be prevented by personal hygiene such as frequently washing your hands and good personal health practices such as eating healthy, exercising daily and getting adequate sleep. Some diseases are preventable by immunizations. However, some vaccinations that you received as a child may no longer be effective, as protection can wane over years.

We strongly advise that you update your immunizations prior to arrival on campus.

You can obtain your immunization records and have them assessed by your local health unit to ensure they are up to date. Immunizations can also be purchased and administered at UVic Health Services.

  • For those immunized in BC since 1992, your records are available through your local health unit; you should bring your records with you when you attend post-secondary.
  • If you were immunized in another province or country, you will need to obtain your records and have them assessed by your local health unit, or contact UVic Health Services on your arrival to make an appointment with an RN for review.
  • If no records are available, we recommend that you have a full immunization panel completed.

For information about immunization preventable diseases and immunizations go to Immunize BC.

On behalf of UVic Health Services we wish you a healthy and successful academic experience.

Dr. Judith Burgess
Director, UVic Health Services

UVic Medical Insurance recommendation

Basic Medical Services coverage

All students should have and maintain basic medical services coverage for seeing a doctor or nurse, and for diagnostic services and hospital stay. UVic Health Services accepts most Canadian provincial and territorial health plans with exception of Quebec; please bring your health care card or number to your first clinic visit. Students with Quebec or alternate insurance will be billed for services and can submit receipts to their providers for possible reimbursement.

International students and those students without basic medical insurance covering their entire period of residency in BC are expected to apply for enrolment in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) upon arrival in the province. The standard waiting period for eligibility is three months. During this wait period, you are encouraged to enrol in a temporary private medical insurance plan until eligible for MSP. For private medical insurance, Aon is a trusted provider.

BC MSP forms

International Student Services can also assist students with getting forms completed.

If you do not have a MSP card, you will be charged a practitioner visit fee based on the service provided by the clinic. See patient fee charges:  We accept VISA, Master card and cash only.

Extended Health benefits

Students are automatically enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate benefit plans, or may opt out with proof of parental plans. Extended health provides partial coverage for dental care and medications, and allied health services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, psychologists, naturopaths, etc. Learning what is covered under your extended plan is always a good idea.

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