Student Health Services
Preparing for Flu on Campus
FLU cases are widespread throughout Michigan according to information released by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Local Emergency Departments are reporting large numbers of cases of flu presenting for treatment. As we return to Campus and begin classes, please take a moment to review the following information.
One of the best and most effective methods of prevention is to get vaccinated for the flu. State health authorities continue to encourage people to have a Flu Shot if they have not already received one this season. For additional information go to http://www.wnem.com/story/27800812/state-officials-urge-flu-shot or http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/04/
Flu shots continue to be available Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm at Student Health Services on a walk-in basis. The $25.00 fee for flu shots will be charged to your student account.
Steps That Will Help You Avoid Contracting the Flu
Wash your hands, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If no soap and water are available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the College campus in dispensers on the walls, and in offices where students congregate.
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. Sneeze or cough into your sleeve, not into your open hand.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Water is the preferred choice.
- Dress appropriately for the weather.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
Stay Home and/or Seek Medical Attention if you are Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms, which include:
- Fever (100F-104F)--may last 3-5 days.
- Headache, sudden onset, can be severe
- Body aches, may be severe
- Fatigue/Weakness, sudden onset, can last 2-3 weeks
- Chest discomfort/cough, dry, hacking, can be severe.
- Stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat can be present, although usually not severe.
If you are ill, please stay in your room, rest and drink plenty of fluids. Take fever reducers, such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) for the body aches and fever. Do not return to class until your temperature has returned to normal for 24 hours without the aid of these drugs. If you need assistance with getting food from Baldwin, call SHS at ext. 0220.
To provide holistic and comprehensive care to Albion College students.
Student Health Services is open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Monday- Friday.
Walk-in hours with the Registered Nurses are daily from 8:30am-4:00pm.
Appointments are available
College Physician--Tueday from 1:30pm-4:00pm
Physician Assistant-- Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am or Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm
You may schedule an appointment by calling 517-629-0220 or ext 0220.
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:
- No breathing or pulse
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe bleeding
- Head or neck injury
- Severe sudden onset abdominal pain
- Drug overdose or alcohol poisoning
- Displaced fracture
- Severe sudden onset testicular pain
- Diabetic emergencies
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.
Sick After Hours?
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.)
Student Health Services Payment Policy
Student Health Services does not 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.
Please wash your hands!
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."
got consent? Only Yes means Yes
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:
- Campus Safety at ext. 1234 or 0911.
- Counseling Services at ext. 0236
- Student Health Services at ext. 0220
- Sexual Assault Services 888/383-2192 (toll-free)
You have the right to report a sexual assault.
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.