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Access to the Self-Care Guide website is limited to current Albion College students.
Access to the Self-Care Guide website is limited to current Albion College students.
Cheryl Krause, BSN, RN-BC
Thomas Reeves, PA-C
Susie Solis, BA, RN
FLU cases are widespread throughout Michigan according to an alert from the Michigan Department of Community Health released on Jan. 3, 2013. Local Emergency Departments are reporting double the usual number of cases of flu presenting for treatment. State health authorities are encouraging people to have a Flu Shot if they have not received one. Flu shots continue to be available to staff, faculty, and students daily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Student Health Services on a walk-in basis. Staff and faculty are reminded the flu shots need to be paid for in Accounting prior to arriving at Student Health Services. Student shots will be billed to their College account. The cost is $25.00.
To avoid the flu, take the following steps:
If you are ill with symptoms of the flu, stay home to avoid passing it to others. Symptoms include:
Remember, flu can begin suddenly and spread quickly. Please help our Campus Community avoid the flu outbreak we had in 2011. Wash your hands (hand sanitizer is available for all campus departments through Purchasing), cover your cough, sneeze into your sleeve, and dispose of used tissues properly and promptly.
Meningitis affects the spinal cord and brain. The membrane around the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. This inflammation can cause symptoms including high fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, sleepiness, confusion and a rash. Symptoms of meningitis are often mistaken for the flu; however, meningitis symptoms worsen much more quickly.
Meningitis is not spread through casual contact. It is spread by respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, or from the saliva of an infected person (through kissing, drinking from the same glass, sharing a cigarette, etc.).
Most meningitis infections can be avoided by a healthy lifestyle. With the busy schedule of college students it is important to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and exercise. Other ways to stay healthy include frequent hand washing, discontinue smoking and limit your exposure to secondhand smoke, avoid alcohol and do not share glasses, toothbrushes and other personal items.
Menactra, (meningitis vaccine) is currently available at Student Health Services. The cost is $85.00 and the vaccine provides lifetime immunity.
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a bacterial infection that can spread through the air when people cough. It usually starts like a common cold and gets worse and worse over 1-2 weeks as a cough develops. People with whooping cough may have coughing spells in which they can’t catch their breath between coughs. As they catch their breath at the end of a coughing spell, they may loudly gasp (“whoop”) and vomit or feel like they’re choking. There is usually no fever with whooping cough. The cough can last for 100 days.
Whooping cough is very contagious. The vaccine usually protects against whooping cough, but older children, teenagers and adults who were completely immunized before they started kindergarten can get whooping cough, because protection from the vaccine or from having the disease wears off over time. This is why a booster dose of vaccine, called Tdap, is recommended for those 10-18 years of age and for adults. If you haven’t had Tdap, it is recommended that you get it. Anyone whose last tetanus booster was given prior to 2006, needs to be immunized with the Tdap vaccine. The vaccine is available at Student Health Services for $45, and may be charged to your student account. No appointment is necessary. No time for a 100 day cough? Get the shot!
If you are sick or injured after-hours or on the weekend call FONEMED Nurse Call Service, an after hours advice line for illness or injury assistance. The number to call is 1-855-851-2208. This is a toll-free confidential line. No question is too minor, no concern too small.
Flu Shots may be obtained at Student Health Services during walk-in hours, Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. The cost is $25.00.
Staff and Faculty must purchase vouchers for shots at the cashier’s office prior to going to Student Health Services. Students may charge the cost to their student accounts.
Student organizations, sport teams, or clubs interested in receiving Flu Shots, may call Student Health Services at ext. 0220 to schedule a time for one of our Nurses to vaccinate your group.
To provide holistic and comprehensive care to Albion College students.
Student Health Services is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for walk-in appointments.
Appointments with the doctor or the physician assistant are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 517/629-0220 during our regular office hours.
If you have a medical emergency after office hours, please call Campus Safety at 517/629-1234 or, 517/629-0911 from a cell phone.
Student Health Services is located at 1003 E. Cass St., in the Cass Street Building. Our telephone number is 517/629-0220 or ext. 0220.
If you or someone you know requires emergency medical care, on campus call Campus Safety from a campus phone at ext. 0911, from a cell phone call 517/629-0911, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Twenty-four-hour-a-day emergency services can be accessed at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall (12 miles) or Foote Hospital in Jackson (15 miles). If you have the following life-threatening symptoms, it is important that you receive emergency treatment immediately:
If you are on campus, you should call Campus Safety at ext. 0911 or ext. 1234 so that an ambulance can be contacted. If you are off campus you should call 911.
For symptoms that are not life-threatening when Student Health Services is closed, call FONEMED at 1-855-851-2208 toll-free, confidential for advice from Registered Nurses and follow their instructions.
In these situations, Campus Safety can only transport you to a hospital after hours with prior authorization from FONEMED.
If you are having respiratory or stomach illness, remember to check out the Self-Care Guide on-line or contact FONEMED toll-free at 1-855-851-2208 to speak with an after-hours triage nurse.
Try the Online Self-Care Guide (Current Albion students will need to log in with their network ID and password.)
There really is no such thing as “safe sex”. Sexual activity of any type, eg. oral, vaginal, anal, genital-to-genital contact without penetration, can put you at risk for contracting an sexually transmitted disease or STI even if you wear a condom or use a dental dam. The terms STD or STI (sexually transmitted infection) can be used interchangeably. The only 100% way to protect yourself from becoming infected is to practice complete abstinence from all types of sexual activity.
Using condoms will help reduce your risk of contracting (or passing on) an STD. Condoms must be used correctly (know how to put one on!) and consistently (every time!) in order for them to be effective. Keep in mind that condoms are less effective in preventing diseases such as herpes and HPV, but they do reduce the risk of transmission.
Use a condom or a dental dam. Always. For any type of sex.
For additional information on Safer Sex go to www.albion.edu/shs and click on the Self-Care Guide, for testing options click on Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the left navigation bar. More questions? Call Student Health Services at x0220.
Student Health Services will no longer accept payments (cash, check, or credit card) for services not covered by Wellness Access. Any and all charges incurred at Student Health Services will be posted to your student account. You can make payment in the Accounting Office, located on the first floor of the Ferguson Student Services Building.
Should you prefer to pay for services rendered and avoid the charges being posted to your student account, the balance will be due within 30 days of the date of service. A receipt for the amount due will be given to you at the time of service. The charges may be paid in the Accounting Office. If the balance is not paid within 30 days, the charge will be added to your student account as a "Student Health Services Charge."
Please feel free to contact Student Health Services with any questions or concerns regarding our payment policy.
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact that is coerced through threats or physical force, or any sexual contact that occurs while the victim is not able to give consent, such as while intoxicated.
To report a sexual assault, call any of these offices:
You have the right to report a sexual assault.
Help protect yourself and others from illness!
Most germs are harmless, but you can pick up some that cause illnesses when you forget to wash your hands.
Washing your hands, and washing them properly with soap and water, is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.
Spreading germs to others or giving them to ourselves happens when we touch our eyes, mouths, noses or wounds with unclean hands. Remember soap, water, friction and an adequate amount of time is what is needed to clean your hands.
How long to wash? The time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" is an adequate amount of time. Liquid alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good substitute for washing when soap and water are not available. Remember: "Scrub well and Scrub often."