Health Center

New to UMW this fall?

Health Information, Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening forms are required for full-time undergraduate students:

UMW Health History, Immunization and TB Screening forms 2015-2016 are located under the forms section to the left. The Health Information form is to be completed by the student or guardian. The Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening sections need to be verified and signed by a healthcare provider. All forms need to be completed and submitted to the Student Health Center by August 1, 2015. We appreciate that August is a busy time as you get ready for University. August 1st is our preferred submission date but if you need the extra time, we ask that you submit no later than August 31st. If your completed forms are not received by November 30, 2015, your account will be placed on hold preventing you from obtaining fall grades and registering for spring classes. Please call (540) 654-1040 for questions.

Measles importation infographic: Map of the world with arrows from Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America pointing to the US. When measles happens anywhere in the world, it can travel to the US and spread. Make sure you and your family members are up to date on your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including before traveling abroad. Ask your doctor if everyone has received all recommended doses of MMR for best protection against measles. Get vaccinated; prevent and stop measles outbreaks.

The UMW Student Health Center offers the measles ($35) as well as other routine immunizations at cost. Call (540) 654-1040 to check if your immunizations are up to date or to schedule an appointment

Free Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Offered Monthly:

The UMW Student Health Center in partnership with the Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services (FAHASS) offers monthly Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing (HIV by oral swab and urine Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) at the Student Health Center on one Friday per month from 10 AM-2 PM. Come in on one of the Friday’s listed below and Get Yourself Talking/Tested (GYT)!

Please call (540) 654-1040 to schedule an appointment, walk-ins are welcome, but might have to wait.

Scheduled dates: Friday, October 16, 2015, Friday, November 20, 2015 (last date for fall semester), Friday, January 15, 2016, Friday, February 19, 2016, Friday, March 18, 2016, Friday, April 15, 2015 (last date for spring semester).

Oh no, I have the Flu what do I do?

If you become ill with influenza symptoms, you should stay home (in your room) and avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care. Most people are able to recover at home without medical care.

Rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medicine for fever (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen) are the usual treatments. Some prescription drugs may reduce the severity of influenza. Aspirin should not be given to children or young adults with fever-causing illnesses because of the possibility of a complication called Reye’s syndrome. Antibiotics are not effective at fighting the flu.

Although some people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications, it is also possible for otherwise healthy people to develop severe illness. People who are concerned about their illness should call the Student Health Center (540) 654-1040, after hours advice line (540) 741-1000 or their doctor for advice. Experiencing any of the emergency warning signs listed below means that you should seek medical evaluation without delay.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

(Virginia Department of Health, 2015)

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