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Happy New Year! and unfortunately, welcome to flu season…………

weekly map of flu cases in US with almost all states shaded "brown" which indicates widespread flu activity

 

We are seeing an increase of flu cases here at Student Health, which mirrors the activity across the United States. Here is some important information about flu and what to do if you (or someone close to you) gets sick.

Signs of the flu: sudden onset of fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache. Rarely it can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but influenza and the “stomach flu” are NOT the same thing. Flu makes you feel horrible, fast. Like hit by a truck horrible.

What to do if you are sick: stay away from others until you have been fever-free for 24 hrs without having to take fever reducing medication. Take ibuprofen/tylenol for aches and fever, drink a lot of fluids, rest, and cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue that you throw away. WASH YOUR HANDS. Are you high risk for flu complications?  Read this and if applies, call us at (252) 328-6841.

  • Do you need a friend to pick up food for you at the dining hall?  You can fill out this form and let your buddy grab you something to eat.
  • Do you need to let your professors know you are sick?  Log onto Pirate Port and use the “Flu Self Reporting Form”.  Be advised:  this is NOT an excuse.  But, it lets your professors know you are ill and they may work with you on missed work.

What to do if your roommate or someone you love is sickhttp://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/caring-for-someone/index.html

If you aren’t sick, here are a few things to do to try to avoid the flu:

  • get a flu shot–although the best time to get vaccinated is early fall, it is not too late. Student Health has some vaccine available or visit one of your local retail pharmacies, urgent care centers, or your primary medical provider’s office.
  • Avoid sick people–if your friend says they don’t feel well, maybe you should cancel that study session or lunch date.
  • Don’t eat, drink, or smoke after others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth–we don’t realize how much we introduce germs into our system just by our habits.
  • Wash your hands way more than you think is necessary. Also, alcohol based sanitizers do work against flu, so get you a bottle to keep in your bag.
  • Surfaces are gross–doorknobs, chair rails, keyboards, money, pens, phones, etc all can harbor flu virus particles. Remember to clean your hands often especially after touching items others have used.

A few FAQ:

  • Does SHS test for flu?
    Yes, we can.  It is done by swabbing nasal secretions. But, in many cases, it is not helpful since the treatment for flu is based on symptoms, not test results, so your treatment is the same whether the test is performed or not if the provider suspects flu.
  • Should I see a doctor?
    In most cases, if you are healthy and have no underlying major medical issues like asthma, pregnancy, diabetes, HIV, heart conditions, cancer, etc, you do not need to see a health care provider since flu typically resolves on its own.  However, if you have severe symptoms or feel that you are not improving, you need to call your doctor or if you have an emergency, call 911.
  • Can SHS give me a note to miss class?
    No. SHS can not give class excuses.
  • If I have flu, do I need Tamiflu (antiviral medication)?
    Again, probably not.  Learn more here.  If you have a severe case, or are at high risk for complications, then your doctor will probably prescribe an anti-viral; however, low risk otherwise healthy people do not need prescription medication for flu.

Still have more flu related questions?  Email us at fluquestions@ecu.edu

Also, don’t forget: anytime we are not open, you always have the 24hr nurse line available to you for medical advice.  Call our main number, (252) 328-6841, and listen to the instructions for speaking with a nurse.

Student Health continually monitors the flu situation.  Look to www.ecu.edu/studenthealth for updates and please follow us on Twitter (@ECU_SHS) and Facebook (ECU Student Health Services) for the most up to date information for campus.

Source:

CDC                       http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Still on the fence about the flu shot?????

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If you are opting out of a flu shot because of some rumors you have heard, let us help fact check the claims.

If you decide to change your mind and get vaccinated, call us at (252) 328-6841. We have a small supply of flu vaccine left….get it while you can! Our cases of people being sick with the flu are increasing, so don’t wait much longer to get your flu shot.

Is it too late to get my flu shot? No. We are starting to see an increase in influenza cases at SHS. This is likely to persist for the next 6 weeks or possibly longer. The flu shot offers full protection about a month after receiving it, so if you get it soon, you may still benefit from it.

I heard the flu shot wasn’t very good this year. Why should I get it? We don’t know how well the flu shot will work this year. The flu virus mutates quickly and that can make the vaccine less effective. Last year’s flu vaccine (2016-2017) was about 39% effective against all circulating types of influenza. The CDC is predicting that this year is likely to be similar. However, the flu virus mutates quickly and that means sometimes the vaccine is just not a good match for the types of virus that are floating around. That being said, the flu vaccine has been shown again and again to reduce complications of the flu such as pneumonia and to reduce hospitalizations and deaths. This suggests that those who get the vaccine are getting some protection from it, even if they do happen to catch the flu.

I got the flu shot one time and it made me sick. The flu shot cannot give you the flu. There is no live virus in the shot. It is not uncommon, though, for people to feel a bit achy after the shot. Sometimes they will develop some sinus drainage or headaches or mild elevations in body temperature. This is not the flu. The purpose of the flu shot is to put your immune system on guard against the flu. This mild ill feeling is likely an indicator that the shot is doing its job—your body is reacting to it. If you get the shot and then have fever (temp greater than 100.4), that would be an uncommon reaction and is more likely to be a different viral illness—not related to the flu shot.

There is excellent information (and much more detail) about the flu shot on the CDC website. The address is www.cdc.gov. Search:flu shot.

~Dr. Ashton Johnson, SHS Physician

Winter Break/Intersession Hours of Operation

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Student Health hours of operation at both locations will vary around the upcoming winter holiday break.

**Please note: student fees do not cover services during University intersession and holiday breaks. SHS visits may be subject to a $30.00 fee from December 18-January 3, 2018.**

Main Campus SHS:

Thursday, December 14
CLOSED 11:30am-1:30pm

Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17:
CLOSED

Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22:
Open 1:30pm-5:00pm only

Saturday, December 23 – Monday, January 1, 2018:
CLOSED

Tuesday, January 2:
open 8:00am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Wednesday January 3:
open 9:00am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Thursday, January 4:
CLOSED

Friday, January 5:
open 8:00am-12:00noon and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 12:00pm-1:30pm)

Health Sciences Campus SHS:

Thursday, December 14
CLOSED

Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22:
open 1:30pm-5:00pm all week

Monday, December 25 – Monday, January 1, 2018:
CLOSED

Tuesday, January 2:
open 1:30pm-5:00pm

Wednesday, January 3:
open 2:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, January 4:
CLOSED

Friday, January 5:
open 1:30pm-5:00pm

Please see our Hours of Operation for full details.

Don’t forget:  anytime SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find other options on our After Hours Care page, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu

Have a wonderful holiday break, Pirates!!!

Turkey Week Hours

Gobble, gobble!

Due to the holiday week, SHS will have a change in our normal operating hours.

Monday/Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21:  normal hours at main campus SHS and at Health Sciences SHS.

Wednesday, Nov. 22:  Main campus will be open 9:00am-11:45am and 1:30pm-5:00pm (closed 11:45am-1:30pm for lunch); HS SHS will be open 1:30pm-5:00pm.

Thursday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Nov. 26:  both locations are CLOSED.  Enjoy the holiday break!

Don’t forget:  any time SHS is closed, you still have access to medical advice.  Call 911 for emergencies, but if you just want to talk to a nurse about an issue, call (252) 328-6841 and stay on the line to be transferred to our free, 24 hr nurse line. You can also find self care information for treating your problem on our webpage, or you can submit a question to gotquestions@ecu.edu

Happy Thanksgiving Pirates!!!

Flu Shot Information

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Student Health Services (SHS) is now scheduling appointments for flu shots in September/October for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Due to early deadlines for health sciences students, our appointments in September will primarily be offered through our SHS at the Health Sciences Student Center. Appointments for our Main Campus SHS are available for late September/early October.

Flu shots are available for ECU students, staff, and faculty. SHS offers the quadrivalent vaccine, which covers 4 strains (types) of influenza likely to circulate in the United States.

Those filing the Student Health Insurance Plan (StudentBlue), BlueCross BlueShield, and MedCost can receive the flu shot at no cost; all others will be charged $38.

To schedule a flu shot appointment for September/October, call us at (252) 328-6841 during normal business hours; appointment availability for November/December will be announced later in the fall.

SHS Care During August Intersession

Reminder about summer fees/receiving care in August

Just a reminder…..now that classes are over, student fees are no longer covering services at SHS.  Any visit to SHS will have a $30 per charge from July 31-August 14.

To be eligible to make an appointment for medical care during intersession, you must have been registered this past spring or summer, AND be registered for the fall semester.  New, incoming Pirates are not eligible to receive care at SHS until move in (beginning Aug. 15th).

Questions?  Call SHS at (252) 328-6841.

Have a healthy rest of summer and see you soon for move in! For our hours of operation in August, visit our SHS Hours page.

Big News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

logo for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

ECU Student Health Services has been awarded re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for another 3 years! 

Accreditation distinguishes ECU SHS from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means SHS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

SHS had an on-site survey conducted by Mrs. Valerie Kiefer, MS, APRN, ANP on June 5-6, 2017. Our facility has been continuously accredited by AAAHC since 2002.

To find out more about why AAAHC accreditation is important, and what it means for you as a patient, visit https://www.aaahc.org/en/my-care/

 

Student Health Services at the Health Sciences Student Center!

We are excited to announce that our opening date for the new Student Health Services (SHS) at the Health Sciences Student Center IS NOW OPEN!!!

Our staff are excited to be able to get to know students on the Health Science Campus better and be available for medical services that are convenient to class, study space, and recreation opportunities. The new Health Sciences Student Center is a beautiful addition to the university.

Hours of operation for summer:

Monday/Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8am-noon

Hours of operation for fall:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1pm-5pm
Tuesday/Thursday 8am-1pm

 

Location:

2nd floor, Health Sciences Student Center

Things to know:

  • SHS will have various services to offer at the Health Science location, such as Primary Care (illnesses, injuries, physicals, annual wellness exams, wound care, gynecological visits, birth control services, medication refills) and Nursing Services (immunizations, titers, drug screens, TB skin tests, asymptomatic STI screenings, dressing changes, suture removals).
  • Appointments can easily be made by calling 252-328-6841 or in person. We hope to have online scheduling available soon.
  • Students are encouraged to make an appointment at our main campus clinic for: radiology, colposcopy, allergy injections, sexual assault exams, nutrition appointments, travel immunizations. (Due to space issues, we are unable to offer these services at our Health sciences location). Unsure if we can accommodate your need at the Health Sciences location? Just ask when you call to schedule your appointment.
  • Students who receive prescriptions at their visit can have them sent electronically to their pharmacy of choice. Of course, prescriptions can be sent to our main campus pharmacy if you would like your medications filled by SHS.
  • Students can receive care at either SHS location, regardless of academic program or area of study. SHS does not provide service for alumni, dependents, staff or faculty.
  • Any charges that are due will be charged to the University Cashier, as no money and credit cards will be accepted at the Health Sciences location. We will continue to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Student Blue (the Student Health Insurance Plan) and MedCost plans as we do at our main campus location.
  • All of our appointment and eligibility policies at main campus Student Health will apply to our location at Health Sciences. These policies include but are not limited to: ECU 1Card required for service, a fee for missed appointments, students arriving 10 minutes or more late will be asked to reschedule, etc. For a list of FAQs about our services, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/studenthealth/about_us/questions.cfm

Do you have specific questions about our new location? Email us at gotquestions@ecu.edu

To schedule an appointment, call us at (252) 328-6841.

ECU Student Health Services

 

SHS and CCSD Services in the Summer

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Now that summer has come, many students are not taking classes but they would still like to utilize Student Health Service (SHS) or the Counseling Center (CCSD). Not in summer school? You may be eligible to still receive care at SHS & CCSD.

Did you just graduate? Congratulations! Due to anti-trust laws, SHS cannot continue to provide your healthcare, but we can 1) help you transfer your records to the office of your choice, 2) provide you with a list of local offices if you need help establishing care outside, or 3) we do have a 2 week grace period following graduation if you need to come in for a follow up of an existing problem (i.e. to get a medication refilled, or to finish up treatment for a particular problem or concern).

If you did not graduate, but are just not taking classes in summer school, you may still be eligible for care at SHS and/or CCSD. In order to qualify for services at SHS/CCSD in the summer when you are not taking classes,

          • you must have been enrolled this past spring AND
          • you must be registered for fall classes

If you meet those criteria, you can be seen at SHS for a special summer fee; services at CCSD are free. The summer fee for SHS is necessary because you are not taking classes for the summer or paying any tuition, so you are not paying the usual health fee.

There are 2 options for paying the summer fee for care at SHS:
Per visit fee $30.00
OR
Need multiple visits? Pay $60.00 for unlimited visits per summer session.

Need care at CCSD? Services are free to students in the summer.

First summer session fees at SHS are charged May 15-June 20.
Second summer session fees at SHS are charged June 21-July 28.

Once summer classes end, the only option for care at SHS is $30 per visit from July 1-August 18. (please note: CCSD’s services may be limited during this period)

Questions?  Call SHS at (252) 328-6841 or CCSD at (252) 328-6661.

Have a healthy summer!

 

*updated 6/12/2017 to reflect that CCSD no longer charges a summer fee for services.

May Intersession Hours and Fees

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Now that spring semester is coming to a close, Student Health Service has a change in operating hours for the May Intersession period, May 6-14.

Sat/Sun May 6-7: SHS is CLOSED.

Our office is also closed Monday, May 8, for a staff development event and Wednesday, May 10, for a divisional event.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (May 9, 11, and 12)* Student Health is open for general administrative business (dropping off forms, requesting medical records, general information) from 7:30am-12noon & 1pm-5pm. Patient care hours (for appointments, dressing changes, pharmacy services, etc) are 1:30pm-4pm daily on Tuesday and Thursday, and 7:30am-11:30am on Friday. Please also note: the Student Health Center building is CLOSED from 12pm-1pm for the lunch hour daily.

Sat/Sun May 13-14: SHS is CLOSED (there are no weekend hours in the summer)

*A visit fee is required during this period to be seen as a patient at SHS. The fee is $30 per visit, in addition to any other charges you may incur during your appointment (lab, pharmacy, xray, etc). The reason there is a visit fee is because during intersession, no student fees are supporting campus services. We are open as a courtesy and convenience to students even when there are no classes, but your tuition and fees do not cover this period of service.

If you need care when SHS is not open, do not forget about our free 24 hour nurse line. Just call our main number below and wait on the line. This service is available to all ECU students.

For more information about our intersession hours or the visit fee for service, call us at (252) 328-6841.

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