Health Center seeing ‘several’ patients with viral infections

Patients with viral infections including cold and upper respiratory infections are currently being treated at the university’s Health Center, according to Practice Manager Brandy Sitzman.

She said the Health Center is currently seeing “several” patients with viral infections.

“Antibiotics will not help a viral infection,” she said. “The University Health Center has provided educational information to HRL (Housing & Residence Life) and made suggestions for which over the counter medications should be offered in the C-store.”

She said Facebook posts on the Health Center page have increased to add an awareness of educational information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for those six months or older.

Flu shots are available at the University Health Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Savannah Patterson, a junior health informatics and information management major said most schools see a rise in viral infections at the beginning of the school year.  

She said the Health Center also offers many other vaccinations students and staff might need for school or work.

“My experiences with the clinic have always been pleasant,” Patterson said.

She said the staff is typically quick to see patients and get them diagnosed as soon as possible.

However, Patterson said she was not aware of the flu shots being offered at the Health Center.

Costs for a flu shot are $20 or free if enrolled in the University Health Center’s Office Visit Plan. The health center will bill insurance if not enrolled. Students should bring a copy of their insurance card, only cash and checks will be accepted.

Noah Alatza contributed to this report.