Whether it is a sore throat or feeling stressed and worn down, the Student Health Center is here to help you. We are trained professionals committed to providing quality care to Saint Louis University students.
It's a basic truth: When you feel well physically and mentally, you function well. Unfortunately, things don't always go as smoothly as you would like. Little things (and sometimes big ones) can get in the way of taking care of yourself and doing well. This makes it difficult to do and feel your best.
Contact the Student Health Center for more information about our services or to make an appointment.
Students are advised to take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of several respiratory viruses:
- Wash you hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Student Health Center has seen multiple cases of influenza recently, and highly recommends a flu vaccination and the above listed precautions. Flu vaccines are available at Student Health Monday through Friday from 9am to 11:30 am and from 1pm to 4pm. No appointment is necessary.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “Coronavirus”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many cases have been reported in China. There have also been cases identified in travelers from Wuhan to other parts of China and the world, including the United States. While the risk in the U.S. is thought to be low at this time, we recommend the precautionary measures listed above. See SLU's Health Advisory Update with more detailed information here.
Here is a list of trusted resources to find more information as this evolves:
- The WHO website has up to date information including guidance for travelers, precautions, global efforts, and regular situation reports.
- The CDC website has up to date information including guidance for travelers, the response and risk assessment in the U.S., and frequently asked questions.
- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also has detailed information available.
- The CDC currently recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China. Specific information about this or what to do if you have recently returned from China can be found in their Information for Travelers section, as well as on this CDC travel notice.
- The CDC is now providing cards with information for those who are returning from China. You can view this information in English or Mandarin.
Please call the Student Health Center at 314-977-2323 if you have any questions, concerns, or if you are experiencing symptoms. After hours calls can be transferred to our on-call nurse.
Please see this message that went to all students on January 27, 2020. We will continue to review the situation and inform students of any additional recommendations.
In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, you should call 911 immediately and arrange for ambulance transportation to the nearest hospital.
Student Health Center Hours
We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays. We remain open with limited services and clinic schedules during spring, fall and summer breaks.
Drug screens, fit tests, immunizations and allergy shots are available without an appointment from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All other services are scheduled by appointment.
We have a nurse advice line after hours and on weekends. You may call our same number, 314-977-2323, and ask to speak with one of our nurses. They can give advice or direct you to a local urgent care for non-emergency care. We most commonly refer to Total Access - Tower Grove location. They are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends and holidays.
There is also a counselor from the University Counseling Center on call after hours and on weekends. To reach them you may call our same number or 314-977-8255 (TALK), and ask to speak to a counselor instead of a nurse.
How to Make an Appointment
Visits with our physicians are made by appointment. However, we often have cancellations and can get students in quickly. Students can always come in and speak with a nurse during clinics to determine the best course of action.
Please call 314-977-2323 to schedule your appointment.
If you have an appointment you cannot make, please let us know. Even if it is an hour before, it may help us to get someone else in. No show fees ($15) will be charged for missed appointments if no communication is received ahead of time.
To save time at registration, or for students who are minors and will need parents or guardians to sign forms for them to be seen, you can fill out our new patient paperwork ahead of your scheduled appointment.
Location and Parking
The Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of Marchetti Tower East, just south of the Busch Student Center. Our physical address is 3518 Laclede Ave, though the building address (advertised on the blue awning as you walk in) is 3520 Laclede; we are the suite directly to the left when coming from the Laclede entrance.
There are a few parking spaces reserved in the lot in front of Marchetti Towers for both Student Health and Physical Therapy. If you park in one of these spots, please bring your vehicle information, including license plate, to the front desk staff when you check in. If those spots are full, the nearest parking garage is the Laclede lot, half a block west of Grand Boulevard on Laclede Avenue.
The SLU Student Health Center offers a wide range of services covering the basic cold to specialized care of preexisting medical conditions. We're here for you, whether it's a quick flu shot to keep you healthy, advice on vaccines before spending a semester abroad, or ongoing physical therapy to help you recover from an injury.
Most services are billable to insurance, however, payment is owed at the time of service for drug screens, fit tests, or pre-packaged pharmaceuticals. Drug screens are $45 and respiratory fit tests are $15.