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Wellness Center FAQ

1. How can I tell the difference between the flu and a cold?

Cold symptoms start slowly. They may include stuffy or runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, coughing and sneezing, mild headache, fatigue, and low-grade fever. Flu symptoms are more sudden and may include high fever (>101), major aches, chills, sweats, weakness, possible sore throat, cough, and chest discomfort.

2. What are the most common ways to catch diseases on campus?

Eating or drinking after someone or sharing personal items, inadequate hand washing, coming in contact with people who are coughing, sneezing, or have fever, and touching eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty fingers/hands.

3. What are the most effective ways to avoid contagious diseases on campus?

Remember to wash hands often and using hand sanitizer if a sink is not available. Avoid eating or drinking after others and sharing personal items such as chap stick. Avoid people who are coughing or sneezing. Keep a balance in your daily routine that includes adequate rest, a proper diet with recommended servings of fresh fruits and veggies, exercise, and making time for activities that you enjoy doing.

4. If I need to see a doctor, where will I be sent?

The college physicians (Dr Mack Poole and partners) are located off campus at130 Dillon Drive near Mary Black Hospital.  An appointment will be made for you at the Wellness Center if you need to see the doctor. A map with directions to the doctor is available for you to pick up at the Wellness Center.

5. What kinds of vaccinations are available on campus?

The Wellness Center has the following vaccinations on campus: menactra (meningitis), Hepatitis B, TdaP (tetanus), gardasil, influenza, and screening for tuberculois.

6. If I have to have a lab done while at Wellness Center, what is the cost going to be?

The cost of labs for students in the Wellness Center range from $5 - $15 each.  We are also able to draw blood to send to an outside laboratory for evaluation if needed.

7. If I am very ill and don't know how to care for myself, what should I do?

If this occurs when the Wellness Center is open, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday call (864) 597-4370 to speak to a nurse. If the Wellness Center is closed, call your Resident Assistance and /or Campus Safety at (864) 597-4911. If the situation is an emergency call Campus Safety at (864) 597-4911.