Update about Flu Season
As many of you know, the CDC has reported flu cases rising over the last few weeks in Rhode Island and much of the country. The spectrum of illness observed thus far in the 2013-2014 season has ranged from mild to severe and is consistent with that of other influenza seasons.
If you have not already received the flu vaccine you are urged to do so asap. The vaccine can be administered at any local pharmacy. Health Services does not have this vaccine. Health Services is open to see any ill student by appointment. If you would like further information, please access the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.
Health Services is an ambulatory care setting and NOT primary care (i.e., we will see students for sick visits and injuries). Students are seen on an appointment only basis. To schedule an appointment call 401 454-6625. Same day appointments are usually available. We suggest you program our number into your cell phone so that you will have it when needed. If we do not answer the telephone, please leave a message and someone will return your call to schedule an appointment. Health Services provides students clinical care and has information available on health promotion, protection, education and disease prevention. The office also offers referral to area medical facilities.
Student Health Insurance is provided by Gallagher Koster. To learn more about this program please visit www.gallagherkoster.com/RISD. All students enrolled in Gallagher Koster receive their insurance card in the RISD mailbox usually by the 2nd week in September. You may also print out an insurance card any time at the Gallagher Koster site (you must log in at Account Home).
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If you have special health needs such as monthly blood tests, allergy shots, or any injuries that limit your mobility, discuss these with the Health Services staff. Services offered through this office are confidential and include:
- laboratory services by Roger Williams Medical Center
- equipment for treatment
- some immunizations
- nutritional information
- STI and HIV counseling and testing
- referrals to specialists in the area
Per Rhode Island State Law, students are required to complete a Health Form and all required immunizations prior to the first day of classes. For more information on Rhode Island State Law vaccination requirements, visit http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/rhodeisland.aspx