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Student Health Center

Student Health Center

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In order to treat most illnesses and accident-related injuries, the College maintains a Student Health Center. Appointments are necessary to meet with one of the providers.

The Student Health Center also provides relevant health and wellness programming including educational / informational workshops and screenings on nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco, stress, and general wellness.

All visits to the health center are free. There is a charge for any testing or referrals off campus, as well as prescriptions dispensed by the providers.​

Announcements & Advisories

Health Center Announcement - Zika Virus

February 16, 2016

As Providence College Spring Break approaches, the Providence College Office of Emergency Management and the Student Health Center are advising that travelers be aware of the recent Zika virus outbreak in Caribbean and Latin American countries, including Mexico, common areas for spring break trips.   ​

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have advised that travel to certain Caribbean and Latin American countries should be taken with caution.
  • The CDC is advising that women who are or may be pregnant refrain from travel to these areas if possible.
  • Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito found in affected regions. It is possible that Zika virus could be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy.
  • Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact have been reported.

Below are links to information to assist in decision making on whether or not to travel to these areas:

Health Advisory - Influenza

January 26, 2016​

In the past few days, a number of influenza cases have been confirmed on the Providence College campus.  In order to reduce the spread, students are reminded to:​

  • Be vigilant about handwashing
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Get a seasonal flu vaccine – it’s not too late! 

Influenza (Flu) Symptoms:
The influenza illness can include any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 or above) or feeling feverish/chills
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Students who are experiencing influenza-like symptoms should remain in their rooms, check their temperature, and contact the Student Health Center at 401.865.2422.  A staff member of Health Services will assist students in following the appropriate influenza protocol.  After hours and on weekends, students should call campus EMS at 401.865.2888 for assistance.

For those with Influenza: 
If diagnosed with influenza, students will be given a “Flu Bag” that will contain: masks, disposable thermometers, OTC medications to be used as needed to help with symptoms, and information about the flu with self-care measures.  

If diagnosed with influenza, students should:

  • Make arrangements to go home or self-isolate in their room until fever free
  • Call health services daily and report fever and health status
  • Get extra rest, good nutrition, and lots of fluids (water, juice, PowerAde and Gatorade are best)
  • Notify RA for getting extra help in the residence halls
  • Email professors to let them know you will be out of class
  • Find a friend/roommate/RA/health services staff to utilize your ID card to purchase meals/food on your behalf in the dining halls
  • Inform their roommates if they have chronic health conditions such as respiratory issues, diabetes or immunosuppression, to call Health Services at 401.865.2422.

For students who choose to go home, please notify the Student Health Center at 401-865-2422 when you return to campus.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and RI DOH recommend that people with influenza-like illness remain at home/out of the classroom until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100), or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medications.  If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as chronic respiratory issues, diabetes, or immunosuppression, call the Student Health Center immediately.

Emergency Warning:
If you develop a high fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, confusion or flu-like symptoms improve but then return with high fever and worse cough, call and report these symptoms to health services at 401.865.2422 or dial campus emergency at 401.865.2222.​


Health Center Announcement - Flu Shots

October 19, 2015

Health Services will host two student flu shot clinics this semester.  The dates and times for the clinics are:

  • Monday, October 26, 2015: 10:00am-1:00pm- ‘64 Hall
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015: 5:00pm-8:00pm- Health Services/Bedford Hall

While walk-ins will be accepted, we strongly recommend students register online prior to attending.  To register:​

Students should print and complete this consent form and bring it with them to the clinic along with their insurance card.  There is no charge to those insured by: BCBS, Medicare Part B, UnitedHealthcare, Neighborhood Health, Tufts or Tufts/Carelink.  The cost for all others is $25.00.

Please contact Health Services at 401.865.2422 with any questions.​


Health Advisory - Meningococcal Meningitis

February 5, 2015

From: Kristine Goodwin, VP for Student Affairs

On February 2nd, the College sent a Health Advisory about a confirmed case of meningococcal meningitis at the College.  I am writing today to inform you of a possible second case and to tell you what we are doing to protect the campus community.

Our latest information is that both students remain hospitalized. I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  We are in close contact with the students and their families and offering all the support we can.

This is a serious health matter, and we are working closely and collaboratively with the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address this issue.  As noted in last week’s email, meningococcal meningitis is an infection of the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  Health officials notified us today that the meningitis vaccination, which many students received prior to coming to campus in September, is not effective in protecting against the Group B strain which was identified in one of our students.  There is now a vaccine available for Group B meningitis.  This vaccine is approved for persons between the ages of 10 and 25, and those persons above the age of 25 who are immunocompromised.

HEALTH has informed us that only intimate saliva-sharing contacts are at risk, and neither faculty nor staff would fall into this category.  So no prophylaxis or vaccination is indicated for them.  If a member of the faculty or staff has a medical condition in which his or her immune system may be compromised or, if the faculty or staff member does not have a spleen, please contact Elisabeth Walsh, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources/Director of Benefits, for further information.  Elisabeth may be reached at 401.865.2746.

We are working with HEALTH to make this vaccine available and we will be in touch as soon as we have details. 

In the interim, we have expanded the hours of our Student Health Center to be open 24/7 for the immediate future to better respond to any student who presents with symptoms, to continue interviews with those students who have been in close contact with students who are ill, and to provide prophylactic treatment as necessary.  EMTs will continue to be available to go to students’ rooms if needed.

We are working on publishing additional educational material on our web site, and I expect we will have that available within the next 24 hours.

The bacterial infection is spread through direct secretions from the nose or mouth through activities such as kissing; or sharing food, drinks, water bottles, toothbrushes, eating utensils, or cigarettes.  Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important.

Meningitis may present as sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It will often have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and altered mental status and/or a skin rash. The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days of exposure.

A person can be a carrier of meningitis without any symptoms.   While this is not an exhaustive list, the following precautions are recommended by HEALTH:

  • Don’t share food, drinks, smoking materials, eating utensils, cosmetics or lip balm
  • Always cough into a sleeve or tissue
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Use hand sanitizer often
  • Don’t drink from a common source such as a punch bowl

If you or a close contact become sick:

  • Anyone with a high fever should seek medical attention immediately
  • Students should immediately report to or call the Student Health Center (x2422)
  • If you see vomit anywhere, do not attempt to clean it up yourself.  Please report it to the office of Safety & Security (x2391).  They will arrange to have it cleaned.
  • You may become ill with meningitis even if you have not been in contact with someone who is sick

For the time being, the distribution of Holy Communion at all masses will only happen in one species, the Body of Christ.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Health Services at 401.865.2422.

 Additional information on bacterial meningitis can be found at the Rhode Island Department of Health website (www.health.state.ri.us) as well as the website for the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov).


Health Advisory - Meningococcal Menin​gitis

February 2, 2015

Earlier today, the College was notified that one of our students has a confirmed case of meningococcal meningitis.  The student has been admitted to a Boston hospital.  The student’s family is at the hospital and the student is receiving treatment.

The College has followed every protocol in dealing with this situation.  We are in close contact with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), and they will be issuing a statement later this afternoon.  The College Student Health Center staff has reached out to and interviewed those students considered to be close contacts of the student who is ill.  We have also provided prophylactic treatment to these students.

Meningococcal meningitis is an infection of the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The bacterial infection is spread through direct secretions from the nose or mouth through activities such as kissing, sharing food, drinks, water bottles, toothbrushes, eating utensils, or cigarettes.  Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important.  Vaccination is the best protection against meningococcal disease.

Meningitis may present as sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It will often have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and altered mental status. The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days of exposure.

According to the Department of Health, this disease does not spread through the air or through casual exposure, so the risk to students attending Providence College of contracting the disease is low.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kathy Kelleher, Director of Health Services at 401.865.2423.

Additional information on bacterial meningitis can be found at the Rhode Island Department of Health website (www.health.state.ri.us) as well as the website for the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov). 

Contact Us

Student Health Center
Lower Bedford Hall
Phone: 401.865​.2422
Fax: 401.865.​2809
Security/EMTs: 401.8​65.2222​

Office Hours: By appointment only during the academic year: Monday - Friday​: 8:30am - 4:30pm 
T
he Health Center is closed during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Easter Break, Spring Break, and the summer.​ 

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