Travel Advisories are in place for Cape Verde, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Pacific Islands, and South America due to the spread of Zika virus. Please be aware that this is a fluid situation, and SHS will update this information regularly.  Zika virus, spread by mosquitos, has been linked to an increase in microcephaly. The most important protective measure is the prevention of mosquito bites. SHS continues to implement travel screenings as a general standard of practice. What else should you do?

Have questions about the Zika virus? Visit this FAQ or our Disease Update.

In Philadelphia, flu season and norovirus season often occur simultaneously. As many of you have likely heard, a college in our area is dealing with a probable Norovirus outbreak. If you are looking for more information, check out the Disease Update. Here's how can you stay healthy:

  • If you're not feeling well, STAY HOME
  • Wash your hands frequently and often
  • If you think you have norovirus illness, you can contact Student Health Service (215-746-3535).

Is your prescription expiring? Need it renewed? SHS is happy to help! However, SHS will no longer respond to pharmacy autorenewal requests. Since most automated pharmacy requests are not accurate, we would like to hear directly from you that a prescription is still needed. Unsure of how to read your prescription or make a renewal request? We made you a handy guide here.


Have you picked up your FREE Welcome Kit? This year, Student Health Service is offering FREE Welcome Kits to students filled with items to help you make it through the year. Just bring your Penncard to SHS and ask to see the cashier. 

Have you done your part?  It's not too late to be vaccinated.  (link to appointments)