Health Service

Closed until 8/19/19. We will re-open on Monday, 8/19 from 10am - 2pm for urgent care only. 

Orientation Hours:

Tuesday 8/27/2019  8:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Students may walk in to complete their health requirement. Immunization fees will apply if college insurance was waived. Students will be cleared & OneCard will be activated after the health requirement has been met.

We'll resume normal Academic Year hours on the first day of classes, Tuesday, 9/3/19.

Online scheduling is here but off for the Summer. Please call to make an appointment. 781-283-2810.

In response to student feedback, the Health Service is changing how students can access our services. Students can now self-schedule appointments online through the Student Wellness Portal.

  • Online self-scheduling will eliminate our walk-in S.I.I.I.C. Clinic times (Sudden Illness, Injury, or Incident).

  • Visits will now be scheduled Monday-Friday throughout the day to provide more flexibility and reduced wait times.

  • S.I.I.I.C visit appointments for the following day will be visible & available to schedule at 4:45 pm the day before.  

  • Routine appointments for physical exams, gynecological exams, certain immunizations, TB testing and more can be scheduled weeks in advance.

If you have an urgent concern, please call to speak with a nurse at (781) 283-2810 during business hours (8:30 am - 4:30 pm). We are always happy to answer any questions you have.  If you have an URGENT medical concern after business hours, please access our after-hours care at (781) 283-2810.

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About Health Service

Wellesley College Health Service is an outpatient clinic located next to the Science Center in the Simpson Building. During Clinic hours, physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses provide primary medical and gynecologic care to enrolled students, regardless of insurance. When indicated, consultations with specialist are available both locally and in Boston. Emphasis on education and preventive measures to increase wellness and promote healthful lifestyles is an integral part of our philosophy.  

We're open during the Academic year Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Call 781.283.2810 if you have questions/concerns.


Release of Medical Information

Available Services

Health Service - Services

Immunizations and Vaccines are administered by a Registered Nurse under the direction of the Medical Director.

Please call at (781) 283-2810 to make an appointment for immunizations/travel vaccines.

Students with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will have the claim submitted for them. Students with non-SHIP will receive an electronic statement for these immunizations.  

If you have any questions please call our Billing Coordinator at (781) 283-2811.

Immunization / Vaccines offered at Health Service
Immunization / Vaccine Name
Cost per Dose
Number of Doses in Series
Hepatitis A $87 2 doses
Hepatitis B $71 3 doses
HPV / Gardasil $230 3 doses
Japanese Encephalitis $314 2 doses
Malaria Pills $6 -$15 per pill
Menactra (meningococcal) $118 1 dose
MMR (measles,mumps rubella) $83 2 doses
Pneumococcal $112 1 dose
Polio $32 1 dose
Rabies (series of 3 over one month) $308 3 doses
Tetanus / Diphtheria $43 1 dose
Tdap $35 1 dose
Typhoid (oral or injectable) $70 1 dose
Varicella $145 2 doses
Yellow Fever $145 1 dose

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease. It is spread from person to person through contact with feces of people who are infected. Poor hygiene practices and unsanitary conditions commonly spread the disease via contaminated water, fruits and vegetables, as well as through contaminated objects.  Many cases of Hepatitis A occur in standard tourist areas. Hepatitis A vaccine is given in 2 doses, 6 months apart.

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease, spread through contact with the blood, semen and  other body fluids of an infected person. A person can become infected through contact with an infected person by sharing razors, toothbrushes, having unprotected sex, contact with blood or open sores, being stuck with a used needle or sharing needles, or during birth when the virus passes from an infected mother to her baby. About 1/3 of people who are infected with hepatitis B in the United States don't know how they got it. The vaccine consists of a series of 3 shots, given at 0, 1 and 6 months.

HPV/Gardisil vaccine prevents human papillomavirus (HPV) that may cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile and throat cancer. HPV infection usually comes from sexual contact and most people will become infected at some point in their life, most infections will go away and not cause serious problems but some may progress to genital warts and cancer. 3 doses are recommended beginning at age 9 through age 26.

Japanese Encephalitis is a common mosquito-borne viral encephalites found mainly in Asia. JE is transmitted by the bites of mosquitoes. Most infections are without symptoms but if clinical illness develops, permanent disability occurs in half of those affected and the fatality rate can be as high as 30%. This vaccine comes in a 2-dose series given over a month.

Malaria is a always serious disease and may be a deadly illness.  It is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes and occasionally through blood transmission. Malaria is present in many warmer regions of the world and infection usually occurs between dusk and dawn. Travelers can protect themselves from insect borne disease by wearing long sleeved shirts and pants, using insect repellent containing DEET and bed netting. Preventive medication is recommended when traveling to areas where malaria is present. The type of medication used depends upon the region of travel and a prescription is necessary. It is imperative to complete the entire course of prescribed medication, even if feeling well upon return from travel and report any fever or flu like illness to your health care provider immediately (for up to 1 year). Cost can vary and depends upon region of travel, length of stay, and drug resistant strains of malaria.

Meningococcal (meningitis) is a serious infection of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord.  It is transmitted through the saliva of an infected person and is spread through close contact activities such as kissing, sharing drinking bottles, utensils, cigarettes or being within 3-6 feet of an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. First Year students at residential colleges are found to be more susceptible to bacterial meningitis because of close living quarters and lifestyle activities.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)  These diseases are easily spread from person to person through the air by being around someone who is already infected.

Pneomococcal disease is caused by bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact. It can cause ear infections and can lead to more serious infections of the lung (pneumonia), blood (bacteremia) and covering of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). Those with certain medical conditions and cigarette smokers are at higher risk.

Polio  is a disease caused by a virus which is spread by consuming food or drinks contaminated with the feces of an infected person. It can result in paralysis and permanent disability.

Rabies is a serious disease transmitted through the bite of an infected animal and can be fatal to humans. Vaccines are recommended and necessary for certain areas of travel where students will be working with or exposed to domestic or wild animals.

Tetanus/Diphtheria are both infections caused by bacteria. Diphtheria spreads from person to person through secretions from coughing or sneezing and can lead to serious breathing problems and fatality. Tetanus-causing bacteria enter the body through cuts, scratches or wounds and can also be fatal.  Vaccines should be up to date, and we will check your record for dates when you come in for your travel appointment. Certain areas of the world may from time to time issue traveler health warnings about these illnesses and others being present or endemic.

TdaP vaccine is a tetanus booster which also contains pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine.

Typhoid is a bacterial disease acquired from ingesting contaminated food or water. It strikes around 21 million people per year around the world and if not treated, it can kill up to 30% of people who get it. Some can become "carriers" who can spread the disease to others. Vaccination is available in form of a shot or taken orally in 4 doses.

Varicella (chicken pox) is a common childhood disease which can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia and possible death.

Yellow Fever is a mosquito-borne viral illness, which ranges in severity from a flu-like syndrome to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever. The disease occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and Tropical South America where it is endemic and can at times be epidemic. One vaccination will provide protection for 10 years.  Proof of vaccination may be required for travel to certain areas of the world.

Wellesley College Health Service does NOT currently have Yellow Fever vaccine due to a national shortage.  Please consult the CDC website for local clinics that offer the alternative Yellow Fever vaccine, Stamaril.

We need your help!

Wellesley College Health Service is dedicated to achieving community immunity and is actively reaching out to students who are missing any immunizations.

The Patient Portal Log in to check your immunization status and read important messages from Health Service regarding required immunizations.

Wellesley College Health Service prides itself in robust immunization rates in compliance with requirements issued by the  Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH).

For Students missing or previously waiving Immunizations:

Students will be contacted by Health Service if they are missing or may have waived, such as the meningococcal vaccine. Health Service offers vaccinations to any student who has previously signed a waiver, while continuing to honor all religious and medical exemptions in accordance with MA DPH Exclusion Guidelines.

Students whose records are incomplete may also upload immunization documentation within the portal.  

Call (781)283-2810 to schedule an appointment for immunizations.

Students with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will have the claim submitted for them. Students with non-SHIP will receive an electronic statement for these immunizations. 

Immunization fees

General Vaccine Information

For yourself and for the immune compromised members of this community - thank you for your help in our achieving Wellesley College COMMUNITY IMMUNITY!

Health Service offers contraception information and resources

Health Service can provide the following:

  • Contraception counseling

  • Confidential STI testing
  • First time or Annual GYN
  • Emergency contraception (Plan B- $45)
  • Referrals to local clinics (including local LARC insertion clinics)
  • Free safer sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, etc.)

 Information regarding various methods of contraception.


Health Service works closely with the Stone Center Counseling Service to provide a safe and caring environment for students with mental health issues. Please contact the Counseling Service directly at 781-283-2839 for an appointment or more information.

Barbara Southcote, RDN

(781) 283-2810
Health Service

Barbara Southcote

To book an appointment with Barbara, please call Health Service directly (781) 283-2810.

Health Service has a part- time Nutritionist on staff, Barbara Southcote, RDN. She is available for appointments  on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Health Service by calling 781.283.2810.

The first session will last 45 minutes. The majority of the time will be spent getting to know you and will include a thorough assessment where Barbara will review your eating history, talk through current food and body struggles, and determine together a prioritized list of goals.

You are welcome to come back for as many follow-up sessions as you find helpful. Each follow-up session is 30 minutes. At each subsequent session, we will explore what is and is not working, and refine your goals.

If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please call Health Services 24 hours before your scheduled appointment to let us know so we can offer your time to a student on the waiting list and reschedule your appointment.

Barbara joined the Health Services team in January 2016. She is a Registered-Dietitian Nutritionist with a MSc in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College. Barbara’s door is always open to all Wellesley College students looking for nutrition counseling. During the winter months, when she is not on campus or in her office in Concord, Barbara can be found at the rink, either playing or coaching ice hockey. Summer days are spent enjoying time with family and friends on Lake Rosseau.

Health Service works with Andrews' Pharmacy

Andrews Pharmacy

Andrews is a full service, family- owned and operated pharmacy that has been servicing the community for over fifty years. In addition to prescription services, we offer a complete line of health and beauty aids, gift items, greeting cards, and sundries. (781)235-1001

Prescription Delivery Policy from Andrews Pharmacy 

  • Prescriptions are released and delivered from Andrews ONLY IF Andrews receives the student’s credit or debit card number which may be kept on file at the pharmacy for one school year.
  • Students must arrange an alternative means of picking up their prescriptions from Andrews if they are paying by cash or personal check.
  • Students must present their Wellesley College ID for prescription pick-up. If a student instructs another student to pick-up her prescription, she must provide her with her ID. Prescriptions will not be released without an ID.
  • No money or receipts will be exchanged at the Health Service.
How will I get my prescription?

A clinician or nurse will call your prescription in to the pharmacy of your choice. The Health Service works closely with Andrews Pharmacy, a local independent pharmacy which delivers prescriptions directly to The Health Service. This is an efficient, secure and private means for on-campus prescription deliveries. There is also a CVS in downtown Wellesley, about a 5 minute walk from Health Services.

What should I do if my prescription has not been delivered to The Health Service?

Contact Andrews (781.235.1001) to check on the status of your prescription.

How will I pay for my prescription?

Students need to either call Andrews Pharmacy, or visit their website to give them a current credit or debit card number for which a co-pay will be charged to and your insurance information.

If using any other pharmacy, be sure to bring your insurance card with you when picking up your prescription.


What if I need a refill?

First, check your prescription label for available refills. If you have refills remaining (1 or more), call the pharmacy for a refill. If your out of refills, call Health Service ASAP- you may need an appointment prior to authorizing more refills!

TIP: Call Health Service for a refill appointment when you see 1 or 0 refills remaining when you pick up your prescription! This will minimize the chances of any prescription interruptions!


What if I have a prescription written by a clinician outside of the Health Service?

Bring the original prescription to the Health Service and it will be relayed to Andrews or you may take the prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.

Health Service offers physical therapy at the Keohane Sports Center through our partnership with Advanced Sports Therapy of Wellesley.

Students must first be seen by a clinician to specify the type and extent of the physical therapy needed. Call (781) 283- 2810 for an appointment.

Things to bring with you:

  • insurance card
  • comfortable clothes (shorts, sneakers)

Monday evenings 2:30pm - 6:00pm (last appt is at 5:30pm) at the Keohane Sport Center (B30) Athletic Trainers Room.

Matt and his staff specialize in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic, sports and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Common conditions treated include, but not limited to, neck/back pain, shoulder/elbow/knee/ankle/foot tendonitis, shoulder/knee/ankle ligament injuries. Matt and his staff are available Mondays during the fall and spring semesters. Referral required from Wellesley College Health Services or from specialist outside Health Services.


Matt Penney, PT, DPT, ATC

Matt is the owner of Advanced Sports Therapy and is board certified in the field of Sports Physical Therapy and is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Tufts University, a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and a Doctor Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. Matt is a published author in the Sports Medicine Arthroscopic Review and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice journals.

Matt coordinates the clinical and cooperative education at AST and OSPT. He teaches musculoskeletal/ orthopedic physical therapy at Bay State College. Matt is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), American Association of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Contact: Wellesley College Health Service | Simpson Building | | 781.283.2810