Health Awareness Topic of the Month – Tuberculosis Screening

Student Health works hard to CDC_TBeducate students on a variety of topics including prevention, treatment of common illness and injury, and public health initiatives.

March is TB Awareness Month, thus, this is your opportunity to learn more about Tuberculosis! Below is a message from Dr. Tom Howard, Associate Medical Director at Student Health.

Tuberculosis is an uncommon infection in the US, but more so internationally.  It is spread through respiratory droplets (coughing) and requires a good amount of exposure to an individual with coughing.  Passing contact in hallways, classrooms and dining facilities is not a risk of contracting this infection.  In most people who breathe in TB bacteria and become infected, the body is able to fight the bacteria to stop them from growing. The bacteria becomes inactive, but they remain alive in the body and can become active in the individual at a later time. This is called a latent TB infection.  When the bacterium grows in the lungs evidence of infection can be detected by chest xray.  These individuals with active disease may or may not be infectious, based on the presence of a cough or evidence of the bacteria on sputum evaluation.

Screening for Tuberculosis involves questioning for exposure-travel to high-risk countries, exposure to infected individuals and symptoms (cough, fever, weight loss).  Screening is performed with a skin test or a blood test.  Both screening tests are quite effective in identifying affected individuals and hence the low incidence of this disease in the United States.  Individuals with an abnormal screening test undergo further screening for symptoms and chest x-ray looking for active lung involvement.  Treatment of individuals with abnormal screening involves the use of a course of antibiotics for 6-9 months.  Those with symptomatic Tuberculosis require more complex antibiotic treatment for similar periods of time.

Further information can be obtained from the CDC at:

http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general/ltbiandactivetb.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general.htm

Yours in Health,

Tom Howard, MD

 

Stomach Bug/Stomach Flu on Campus

The stomach bug or stomach flu, is on campus. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramping, fever and/or headache.  If you are experiencing these symptoms call 919-515-2563.  The virus is spread by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching your mouth, eating contaminated foods or drinks, and direct contact with stool or vomit while caring for a sick person.

If you become sick, take care of yourself with:

  • Medications. This may include fever reducing, anti-nausea, and/or anti-diarrhea medicines.
  • Oral Rehydration. Sip only clear non caffeinated liquids, such as ginger ale, water, ice chips, sport drinks, broth soups.
  • Diet. Once liquids are tolerated eat a bland diet.  This would include crackers, noodles, rice, and toast, and limit dairy.  Advance your diet as tolerated.
  • IV Fluids, as needed.

Prevention is key to staying well.   Washing hands is the most important thing to do to prevent getting or spreading the infection.  Also, decontaminate surfaces and objects, such a computer keyboards, door handles, and steering wheels.

For more information visit the CDC page.

Wood Wellness Village Accepting Applications

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Interested in Wood Wellness Village for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?
• Live in a community that supports a healthy, balanced life
• Develop friendships in a positive environment
• Participate in high impact programming, such as whitewater rafting, trips to the trampoline park, access to dietitians, personal trainers, and more!
• Reserved space in HES 295 and Wood Hall

Apply by January 20th by contacting Amanda Kammer, Community Director aegroves@ncsu.edu for more information.

For more information, check out these sites:
http://housing.ncsu.edu/wood-wellness-village
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/woodwellness
Twitter: @WoodWellness
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/woodwellness

 

Ebola Update and Information

NC State is monitoring the latest information from infectious disease experts and public health officials regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 

Click here for the latest news from the CDC.

Have you recently traveled to an affected area in West Africa?  Click here for more information.

If you have symptoms please call 919-515-2563 and speak with an appointments staff member at the Student Health Center.

All UNC universities are in communication regarding emergency planning.  Visit the UNC system site for informative links and the latest information.

2014-2015 Flu Clinics Are Up and Running!

You get ONE SHOT to FIGHT the FLU this season!  The flu vaccine is your best defense against flu so we encourage all students to get the vaccine and practice prevention steps to stay well and in class this year.  After you get your shot, Facebook, Tweet or Instagram a photo with the hashtag #OneFluShot for a chance to spin the health wheel and win awesome prizes!


 Check out the #OneFluShot Storify feed here!


 

Beginning in October, the vaccine will be available:

  1. at the vaccination clinics on-campus (hosted by Maxim Healthcare).
  2. Saturdays by appointment on October 18 and 25, and November 1, 8, and 15. Scheduling for Saturday appointments available September 23.
  3. if you are not sick, during a scheduled appointment.
  4. by appointment in the Treatment Center, call 919-515-7107 to schedule.
  5. without an appointment at the Pharmacy between 8:30 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 4:30, Monday through Friday.

Depending on your insurance carrier there may be a charge for the vaccination. If you have the SHIP plan the vaccination is covered. Student Health is out-of-network for all other health insurance plans so contact your insurance carrier regarding your out-of-network benefits. Shots are $25 and the nasal vaccine is $35. Payment is due at the time of service or charged to the student account.

Massage Therapy Now Available

Come relax with us! Massages for students, faculty and staff are offered by appointment Tuesdays & Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with licensed massage therapists.  Please call 919-513-3260 for details and to schedule your appointment today.  Sessions are 25 or 50 minutes and packages are available.  

More information available here: Therapeutic Massage at NC State