Swine flu has been in the news, but for most of us it’s the more common aches and pains that send us looking for medical care. Who can you see to if you feel ill or have questions about your health? Your college health center is here to help.
Health Centers at each of DCCCD’s colleges are staffed by registered nurses who can provide emergency care, bandage a cut or answer any health questions you might have.
- emergency medical care
- nonprescription medication
- blood pressure monitoring
- vision and hearing screenings
- tuberculin skin tests
- pregnancy tests and rest facilities
- immunizations (for a fee) for health occupation students
Students also can browse the information library and pick up health insurance information along with VCR tapes and brochures on health topics and diseases.
Mildred Kelley, a registered nurse at the Brookhaven College health center, encourages students, faculty and employees at the college to contact the center immediately if they have flulike symptoms. “They need to call the health center or e-mail the center. They can talk to me, ask me questions, tell me what they’re feeling like.” She and the nurses at the other college health centers can evaluate whether they need to go see their doctor.
Prevention can be the best defense against spreading illnesses. “Keep up the good hand-washing,” Ms. Kelley urges. “We really need to be aware of the prevention aspect.”
Tips on trying not to get sick:
- Avoid close contact with people who are already sick.
- If you get sick, stay home.
- Cover your mouth and your nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean your hands; washing your hands often will protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Why? Germs often are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches her or his eyes, nose or mouth.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Get regular exercise, enough rest and eat healthy balanced meals.
- If you feel sick, visit a Health Clinic or your family doctor