Staying healthy is important. It is wise to strike a balance between all aspects of life such as work, socializing, leisure, good diet, exercise and rest. It is also critically important that you have access to medical care in order to keep up with yearly exams, access routine care, and to cover any emergencies or illnesses. While you are at Yale, you must have adequate health insurance coverage. Everyone, no matter how brief the visit, needs to have health insurance coverage at all times.
✓ Before You Leave Home
Schedule all your doctor's and dentist's check-ups at home before you leave. Medical and dental care in the U.S. is excellent, but it makes sense to take care of anything you need before you arrive. Dental care in the U.S. is quite expensive. While it is possible to purchase a student discount plan, it does not cover all dental procedures 100%.
As permitted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you may want to bring with you any prescription medications (with copies of your prescriptions translated into English) or even non-prescription medications that you take. Sometimes it is difficult to translate a prescription or a non-prescription medication. If you can bring the scientific name of the drug with you, it may be easier to find the equivalent. Prescription medication may cost more in the U.S. for the same drug from the same company.
Immunization and Medical Records
All students must comply with the University's immunization requirements. New incoming students for the Fall will be able to log into MediCAT on June 20th to upload vaccination records. The deadline is August 1st. If you have questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student or if you have children who will attend school or daycare in Connecticut, you must show proof of immunization. Bring with you proof of immunizations and full medical records.
All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents are required by federal regulations to have medical insurance for the entire period of their stay in the U.S.