REMEMBER TO "SPRING AHEAD" AND MOVE YOUR CLOCK FORWARD ON SUNDAY MARCH 12!
1. Bard Health Service and Your Insurance
* Your basic assessment at the health service to consult with us about a problem is part of your college service and is not billed to your health insurance. Your visit with us is confidential.
* Your health insurance information is used when labs are sent out to LabCorp, or when medications are prescribed at the pharmacy.
* Because we are not in charge of your insurance plan, we cannot guarantee whether or not the lab, pharmacy or insurance company might send information to your home address.
* If you have concerns about information that may be sent to your home, it is your responsibility to speak directly with your insurance company to clarify their policy on confidentiality.
* If this is a concern, we can help you find alternative ways for tests to be done to ensure your privacy.2. Sexually Transmitted Illnesses (STIs) and Testing:
Choosing to be sexually active means taking responsibility for protecting your body from pregnancy and STIs. Testing is only a part of taking care or yourself and does not replace using condoms and other barriers to reduce potential exposure to disease. Health Service follows the guidelines published by the CDC
in terms of the frequency and type of testing we offer. Also, as there are incubation periods for all infections, i.e.; a period of time between exposure to disease and detection of disease via testing or symptoms, it is recommended that you wait at least 7 days after "risky sex" before you come in for testing (NB this does not apply to non-consensual sex.) 3. Ticks and Lyme disease
It is getting to be that time of year again. The ticks are already out and will be as long as temperatures are >34'F. Please be aware! 4. PLEASE NOTE: FENTANYL DEATHS
DETAILED IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
New York State and Bard College Requirements for Class Attendance:
All information must be in English and certified by a medical provider.
One of the following is required:
2. MENINGITIS RESPONSE FORM
- Proof of two measles, mumps, rubella vaccines (MMR1 and MMR2). MMR1 must be given after your first birthday (it may be given up to 4 days early), and MMR 2 must be given at least 28 days after MMR1.
- A blood test showing immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
- Must be completed and signed.
New York State permits ONLY the following exemptions from the MMR immunization requirement:
- If you were born after January 1, 1957
- Students with a MEDICAL contraindication to a specific vaccine. Sufficient documentation must be submitted by the student's medical provider, stating the reason for the contraindication and an end date, if applicable.
- Students with a strong RELIGIOUS conviction against vaccination. To request this exemption, you are required to submit a signed statement that explains in your own words why you are requesting this exemption and describes the religious principles that guide your objection to immunization. Please also indicate whether you are opposed to all immunizations, and if not all, the religious basis that prohibits particular immunizations. If the student is under 18 at the time of admission, the form will need to be signed by the parent/guardian, and the student will need to resubmit the documentation once they are 18 years old. Bard College requires that this form be notarized by a notary public, and may require additional supporting documents.
- Health Service will notify you as to the approval or denial of your request. If the request is denied, the notification will include specific reasons for denial. You can appeal a denial to the NYS Dept of Health Immunization Program within 30 days.
- New York State law does not accept PHILOSOPHICAL waivers. Under Department of Health regulation 10 NYCRR, Section 66-1.3 (d), philosophical, scientific, political, or sociological objections to immunizations do not justify an exemption.
In the event of a measles, mumps, or rubella case on campus, students who are not immunized will be required to receive the necessary vaccine, if possible, or leave campus for a period of time determined by the incubation period of the particular disease at their own expense.
For help or if you have any questions, please contact Health Service at (845) 758-7433 or see the New York State website
for Frequently Asked Questions.