News and announcements from the Student Health Center
Flu season is here… It is not too late to get vaccinated!
Flu Symptoms: The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms include: fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches. In some people (mostly children), vomiting and diarrhea may occur as well.
- Take time to get vaccinated: One of the best ways to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated. Vaccine is available at the Student Health Center and is free for all students.
- Take everyday precautions: Wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.
What to do if you get sick:
- Stay home from school or work for 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- If you live in the residence halls or with other students, frequently clean commonly used surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, and bathroom areas. Try to avoid close contact with other people. Wear masks when possible.
- In many people, symptoms may be mild. Consult your doctor by phone to discuss the best treatment.
- Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol or tobacco.
- Over the counter medicines such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) can be helpful with symptoms such as fever. Aspirin should be avoided if you have flu symptoms.
- Prescription antiviral drugs may be helpful for individuals with higher risk for complications from the flu such as pregnant women, young children, and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
- Seek emergency care if you have difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, or severe or persistent vomiting.
More Information: More information about the flu is available at the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control
Free STI Testing at the Student Health Center
Testing is a very important component of your sexual health. Each Thursday from 8am -10am the Student Health Center offers free STI screening. Free screenings are limited to the first 20 patients. The screening includes HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Free Testing Thursdays are offered during the Fall and Spring semester only. During winter and summer break free testing is not offered, typically the last day of testing is the Thursday before Prep Day.