Health Services Staff
The mission of Rhode Island College Health Services is to provide confidential and holistic primary health care to enhance the academic potential of our students. Each student encounter is an opportunity to educate about prevention and risk reduction to promote life-long healthy choices. Health Services is committed to providing high quality, accessible and cost effective services in a non-judgmental atmosphere that values diversity and respects individuality.
Health Advisory: Zika
Please check http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html for updated information about Zika virus. If you have recently travelled to an area outside of the U.S. that has been identified as having active, mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus and develop a fever upon return, please call RIC Health Services (456-8055) or your primary care provider and mention your travel history. The RI Department of Health has issued the following information about Zika as of March 9, 2016:
- Any woman who is pregnant should consider deferring travel to areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus.
- Any male who travels to areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus and has a sexual partner who is pregnant should use a condom for vaginal/oral/anal sex or abstain from sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
- Anyone who travels to areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus should follow mosquito-bite prevention tips: use and EPA-approved bug spray with at least 20% DEET, sleep under a mosquito net, and try to stay inside in air-conditioned buildings.
- Symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye).
- Symptoms typically appear within three to 14 days of infection. Only one in five people infected with Zika virus become ill. Anyone who has traveled to areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus and develops symptoms of Zika virus should contact their healthcare provider.
- 80% of individuals infected with Zika virus will not have any symptoms.
- There are no vaccines or medications to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.
- As of March 9, 2016, there are no confirmed cases of Zika virus in Rhode Island; however, we do expect to see a confirmed, travel-acquired case in the coming weeks.
- In Rhode Island, Zika virus is considered to be travel-acquired. This means that if we have a case, it will probably be because someone contracted the virus in another area and then traveled to Rhode Island.
- There have been some documented cases of sexual transmission.
- The link between Zika virus and microcephaly has not been proven. The CDC is studying this.
- The species of mosquito that carry Zika virus are not known to be in Rhode Island at any time of year.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised that anyone who travels to areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of Zika must wait four weeks after return from travel to donate blood.
- RIDOH has established an internal Zika Virus Task Force to maintain coordinated and organized messaging and situational awareness.
- CDC list of areas with active, mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus
- RIDOH website (general information about Zika virus, links to educational materials)
- CDC’s Key Messages, Zika Virus Disease (comprehensive document, updated regularly)
MISSED THE FLU CLINIC? NO PROBLEM!
Health Services has plenty of vaccine available. Call (401) 456-8055 to make an appointment.
Ways to Avoid the Flu:
- Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel. MORE
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu is spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
|During the Academic Year|
|Monday - Friday||7:30am - 5:00pm|
|During summer sessions and break periods|
|Monday - Friday||7:30am - 4:00pm|
|Phone: (401) 456-8055||Fax: (401) 456-8890|