About SHS

Dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our university community

We are a team of highly qualified, caring health professionals who appreciate the unique environment of a university campus. We’re here to help students build the skills and capacity they need to become equal partners in their health care so they can be successful while at Oregon State University and throughout their lives.

Our students can be reassured that their health is supported by clinicians, health educators and other highly skilled health professionals who provide campus-wide comprehensive primary health care, disease prevention and treatment services, as well as extensive health promotion programs.

Our commitment to privacy

The confidentiality of student health information is of paramount importance to us. Student Health Services follows all applicable state and federal laws related to the disclosure of medical and mental health information, and applies the highest professional standards of care. Read more >>>

SHS annual reports

For more information about Student Health Services, take a look at our Annual Reports. These yearly summaries provide an overview of our successes and contributions, goals, campus survey data, and financial reports.

After Hours Care

These resources are available to students past normal operating hours.

Emergency care:

In case of emergency
Dial 911

Urgent medical advice
541-737-9355 (WELL)
This is a 24 hour-a-day phone line to connect you to resources and services 

Emergency Room
541-768-5111
Good Samaritan Regional Hospital
3600 NW Samaritan Drive, Corvallis


Non-life threatening medical care during non-clinic hours:

Corvallis Clinic Immediate Care Center

Asbury Building
3680 NW Samaritan Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330

541-754-1282

Samaritan Urgent Care Center

5234 SW Philomath Blvd. (in Sunset Plaza next to Safeway)
Corvallis, OR 97333

541-768-4970


If you have experienced any form of sexual or intimate partner violence:

Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center
541-737-2030
24/7 phone line
This confidential resource will connect you with immediate support and services.

SHS Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services
541-737-9355 (WELL)
Services here at OSU are not available after hours, but this 24/7 phone line will connect you to resources and services available.

Sarah’s Place
541-812-4420

This center is located within Samaritan Albany General Hospital at 1046 Sixth Ave NW in Albany. It is open 24/7 and offers free Sexual Assault Nurse Exam services.

Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)

541-754-0110 or 1-800-927-0197

This 24/7 confidential phone line will connect you to support and services, including accompaniment to medical appointments.

Corvallis Clinic Immediate Care Center

Asbury Building
3680 NW Samaritan Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330

541-754-1282

Samaritan Urgent Care Center

5234 SW Philomath Blvd. (in Sunset Plaza next to Safeway)
Corvallis, OR 97333

541-768-4970

Mission, Vision and Values

SHS mission

Student Health Services provides leadership for health on campus and contributes to the success of students and the university community.

To accomplish our mission we:

  • Provide excellent medical and health promotion services
  • Create a safe environment for all individuals
  • Honor diversity and practice civility
  • Meet community and individuals needs in an ever-changing environment

SHS vision

Student Health Services will be an organization that is nationally recognized for its commitment to public health by promoting lifelong healthy behaviors, healthy environments, and global citizenship.

SHS values

  • Student centered – We are committed to recognizing, addressing, and accepting the full spectrum of individual and collective life experiences and health needs present in our community.
  • Responsible – We are conscientious stewards of money, time, patient information, and human and physical resources.
  • Excellence – We use evidence-based practices, regularly engage in quality improvement activities, and are committed to continuing education for all staff.
  • Integrity – We consistently live out our stated values.
  • Creativity – We encourage innovation, have a participatory environment and collaborate at all levels.
  • Environmentally conscious – We are dedicated to efficient use of energy and to the reduction of our negative imprint on the environment.

Operating Hours

These are regular hours for the main clinic in the Plageman Building. Please see Locations for hours at Tebeau Hall Same-Day Clinic and SHS @ Dixon.

ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES  PHARMACY
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed
Sunday Closed Closed
SUMMER SCHEDULE STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES PHARMACY
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1:30-5 p.m.
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday Closed Closed
HOLIDAYS STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES PHARMACY
New Year's Day Closed Closed
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (CLINIC ONLY) Closed
Memorial Day Closed Closed
Fourth of July Closed Closed
Labor Day Closed Closed
Veterans Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (CLINIC ONLY) Closed
Thanksgiving Closed (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) Closed
Christmas Eve Day Closed Closed
Christmas Day Closed Closed

Phone Numbers

Acupuncture

541-737-7556

Administrative Services

541-737-3106

Advice Nurse (OSU students only)

541-737-2724

Allergy and Asthma

541-737-7565

Appointments and Information

541-737-WELL (9355)

Billing (questions related to Insurance billing)

541-737-2068

Chiropractic

541-737-7556

FAX

541-737-9665

Gynecology and Sexual Health

541-737-WELL (9355)

Health Navigator and Patient Advocate

541-737-1999

Health Promotion

541-737-2775

Immunization Helpline

541-737-7573

Insurance

541-737-6748

Laboratory

541-737-7550

Massage

541-737-WELL (9355) or 541-737-7556

Nutrition Counseling

541-737-WELL (9355)

Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare)

541-737-9140

Pharmacy

541-737-3491

Physical Therapy

541-737-7556

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

541-737-2724

SHS @ Dixon

541-737-7556

Sports Medicine

541-737-WELL (9355) or 541-737-7556

Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC)

541-737-2030

TDD

541-737-4549

Travel Medicine

541-737-WELL (9355)

Urgent Advice (After Hours)

541-737-2724

X-ray

541-737-7560

Counseling and Psychological Services
CAPS is located at Snell Hall, Fifth Floor

541-737-2131

Locations

Student Health Services - main clinic

Located in the Plageman Building

As the main Student Health Center, the Plageman Building houses the majority of our medical services. This is where you will find most of our doctors, advanced care practitioners, laboratory, X-ray and pharmacy. Nutrition, health coaching, alcohol education, and all other health promotion services are also based at this location, as are administrative offices for insurance, billing, CCare, immunization compliance and medical records and referrals.

Clinic Available: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (urgent care only). Hours vary during holidays, breaks and the summer months.
Other Offices: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Appointments: Call 541-737-9355 (limited urgent care visits on weekdays; based on medical need)


Tebeau Hall Same-Day Clinic

Located in Tebeau Residence Hall

Designed to meet the growing student demand for campus healthcare services, our clinic at Tebeau Residence Hall offers same-day appointments for minor illnesses and medical concerns. Make an appointment to receive care that same day for common ailments such as sore throats, coughs and colds, urinary tract infections, ear pain, rashes, headaches or back pain. The medical staff at Tebeau Hall Same-Day Clinic can perform limited lab tests, but X-ray is not available at this location. For more complicated medical conditions, please make an appointment for the main Student Health Center in the Plageman Building.

Available: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. during the academic year; closed from 12–1 p.m. for lunch. Hours vary during holidays, breaks and the summer months. Call to confirm hours.
Appointments: Call 541-737-9355 (urgent care visits not available) or go online to schedule an appointment. Learn more about using the Patient Portal to schedule an appointment (PDF).


Student Health Services @ Dixon

Located in Dixon Recreation Center

Physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and other health- and wellness-related services are located at our satellite clinic in Dixon Recreation Center. Alternative therapies of massage, chiropractic and acupuncture share this clinical space.

Available: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Hours vary during holidays, breaks and the summer months. Call to confirm hours.
Appointments: Call 541-737-7556


 

Parking

Parking Policy at Plageman

Student Health Services (SHS) strives to make parking available to OSU students while receiving care or conducting business at SHS. This policy was developed in cooperation with, and is enforced by, OSU Parking Services. Because parking near SHS is very limited, we appreciate your courteous cooperation in observing this parking policy.

Six parking spaces have been reserved for the exclusive use of students while at SHS. They are all clearly marked for this purpose. It is the student's responsibility to request a permit upon arrival at SHS. Permits will not be supplied after you have received a citation; however, if you receive one while obtaining your permit, SHS has a procedure to excuse you (see below). Parking permits are valid for an unlimited time, as long as you do not remove your car or leave the building. When only one of the six spaces remains, SHS requests that it be used only by patients who are in need of immediate medical care.

Parking Procedure

After parking, permits may be obtained from any department at SHS. Return immediately to your vehicle and display the permit on the dash board, driver's side.

If you receive a citation while a permit was being issued to you, leave the permit on your dash, but go to the main reception area of the second floor and explain what happened. You will be given a form that documents your situation and you'll be instructed to send it and the citation to the Traffic Office, where the ticket will be voided.

Accessible Parking

There are four ADA parking spaces in the parking area on the north side of Student Health Services, Plageman Building, nearest the accessible ramp entrance. There is also an online map of all ADA spaces on campus.

Parking at Dixon Recreation Center

There are metered parking spaces in front of Dixon. There are also pay-and-display spaces in the parking garage across from Gill Coliseum.

Parking at Student Health Services - Tebeau Hall Same-Day Clinic

Pay-and-display spaces are available in the parking lot south of SW Washington Avenue.

 

Staff Directory

 

 

Jobs

Thank you for your interest in working for Student Health Services. There are currently no open positions at this time.


OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who share our vision of an inclusive community.

Student Health Advisory Board

Applications Now Being Accepted for SHAB 2016-2017

To be eligible to apply for the Student Health Advisory Board, the applicant must:

  • Be a health fee-paying student
  • Achieve and maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA (undergraduate) or a 3.0 GPA (graduate)
  • Be available for one hour a week for SHAB meetings (2016-2017 SHAB meeting schedule available in "members and meetings section")
  • If selected, be committed for at least a one-year term

If interested, please download and complete the SHAB membership application form (PDF). The form includes instructions on where to send completed applications.

The committee known as the Student Health Advisory Board of Oregon State University (SHAB) acts as a link between Student Health Services (SHS), Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU), Student Incidental Fee Committee (SIFC), and the general student population.

Purpose of the Committee

  • Review and pass the annual budget of SHS
  • Evaluate and recommend changes to SHS programs and services
  • Determine ways to promote a healthy university community
  • Update and discuss happenings at SHS

Bylaws

Recent Involvement and Ongoing Projects

  • Prepared and distributed flyers to inform students of the Affordable Care Act and OSU student insurance options.
  • Assisting in the planning of the conceptual design for a possible new Student Health Center in future years.
  • Developing a more positive view of Student Health Services by students.
  • Forming connections with other health groups on campus.
  • Strengthening the health alliance of SHS, CAPS and Recreational Sports.

2016-2017 SHAB Committee Members

(NOTE: More members to be determined)

Students:

  • Rishi Seshadri, Chair 

  • Rae Madison, Vice-Chair

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Voting Faculty:

  • Alex Beck, Advisor, Health Professions, Microbiology

  • Karren Cholewinski, Executive Assistant, Budget/Fiscal Planning

  • Kenny Maes, Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department

  • Tay McEdwards, Manager of Access Services, Disability Access Services

Non-Voting Faculty:

  • Jenny Haubenreiser, Executive Director, Student Health Services

Contact

For more information about SHAB or about becoming a member, email osu.shab@oregonstate.edu.

SHAB Membership and Meetings

Access the SHAB application here.

Questions about the annual budget FY17 should be directed to Kathi Carley kathi.carley@oregonstate.edu telephone 541-737-3106.

All About the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB)

Student Health Advisory Board membership consists of both voting and non-voting members.

Voting Members

  • ASOSU Director of Wellness
  • ASOSU Director of Non-Traditional Affairs
  • ASOSU Director of International Affairs
  • One student representing Disability Access Services
  • Six undergraduate students at-large
  • Two graduate students at-large
  • Four faculty members not directly associated with SHS appointed by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Non-Voting Members

  • Three ex-officio members: the SHS Director, the SHS Associate Director of Administrative Services, and the SHS Insurance Liaison
  • Other committee participants, involved by arrangement or invitation from the Chairperson

2016-2017 Student Health Advisory Board Meetings

FALL 2016 meetings

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
MU207 Allworth Room
  • Week 2: Sept. 27, 2016
  • Week 4: Oct. 11, 2016
  • Week 6: Oct. 25, 2016
  • Week 8: Nov. 8, 2016
  • Week 10: Nov. 22, 2016

WINTER 2017 meetings

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
MU 212 Martin Luther King Room
  • Week 1: Jan. 10, 2017
  • Week 2: Jan. 17, 2017
  • Week 3: Jan. 24, 2017
  • Week 4: Jan. 31, 2017
  • Week 5: Feb. 7, 2017
  • Week 6: Feb. 14, 2017
  • Week 7: Feb. 21, 2017
  • Week 8: Feb. 28, 2017
  • Week 9: March 7, 2017
  • Week 10: March 14, 2017

SPRING 2017 meetings 

Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Location to be announced
  • Week 1 April 4, 2017
  • Week 3 April 18, 2017
  • Week 5 May 2, 2017
  • Week 7 May 16, 2017
  • Week 9 May 30, 2017

Minutes from Past Meetings

2015-2016 Academic Year

2014-2015 Academic Year

2013-2014 Academic Year

2012-2013 Academic Year

2011-2012 Academic Year

Contact

2016-17 Chair Rishi Seshadri at seshadrr@oregonstate.edu

2016-17 Vice-Chair Rae Madison

Contact SHAB

For more information about SHAB or about becoming a member, email osu.shab@oregonstate.edu.

2016-2017 Leaders

  • Chair: Rishi Seshadri
  • Vice-Chair: Rae Madison

Health Alerts

Influenza Information

(Updated 01-25-17)

Influenza(Flu) has been rapidly increasing in Oregon and other areas of the US over the past month. We often see an increase on campus right after Winter Break as students return from various parts of the world. The best way to prevent Influenza is by getting vaccinated. Influenza vaccine is available at Student Health Services. The following is information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Influenza.

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Period of Contagiousness

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. It is important to stay away from work, classes and other public areas as much as possible when you have symptoms of influenza to prevent spreading the illness to others.

Onset of Symptoms

The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

Complications of Flu

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

People at High Risk from Flu

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

Preventing Flu

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

Diagnosing Flu

It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other viral or bacterial causes of respiratory illnesses on the basis of symptoms alone. There are tests available to diagnose flu. For more information, see Diagnosing Flu.

Treating

There are influenza antiviral drugs that can be used to treat flu illness.


Meningococcal Disease: Know the Facts

(Updated 02-10-17)

Young adults are at increased risk of meningococcal disease, a serious infection that can lead to lifelong complications and even death. This potentially fatal disease most often causes severe swelling of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), or a serious blood infection (meningococcemia).  Even with treatment, approximately one out of every 10 people who get the disease will die, and two in 10 will suffer serious and permanent complications, including brain damage, kidney damage, hearing loss, and amputation of arms, legs, fingers or toes.

The disease is caused by many different types (serogroups) of bacteria. The standard 4-strain vaccine (quadrivalent Meningococcal vaccine) that many students received as adolescents is required by OSU for incoming students under age 22 and available at Student Health Services. This vaccine does not protect against one cause of the disease: serogroup B. Infectious disease experts do not recommend routine immunization with Type B vaccine in healthy individuals. However, for those who wish to get it, the Type B vaccine is also available at Student Health Services.

Please call the SHS Advice Nurse at 541-737-2724 if you have questions about vaccine availability. You should check with your insurance company to see if the cost will be covered. The charges can also be billed to your student account. 

Early symptoms are often similar to the flu which can cause a delay in diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms usually progress very quickly and may include some combination of:

  • high fever
  • headache
  • stiff neck
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • exhaustion
  • purplish rash

Death can happen in as little as 24-48 hours.

Students who experience these symptoms, especially if they come on suddenly, are progressive, or severe, should be examined by a healthcare professional as soon as possible. 

Meningococcal disease is spread from person to person. The bacteria are spread by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit) during close or lengthy contact (for example, sharing drinking glasses or kissing). Some people who have the bacteria may show no signs and symptoms of the disease but they can still transmit it to others.  

Vaccination is the best protection against this disease. There are two types of vaccines available to help protect against infection. Even if you have been vaccinated, there is still a chance you can develop a meningococcal disease, so it’s important to know the symptoms. Early recognition and prompt medical attention are very important.

For more information: visit the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) website, http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html. You can also call the SHS Nurse Advise Line at 541-737-2724 or talk to your healthcare provider at Student Health Services. 


Zika Virus Information

(Updated 02-10-17

Live updated information on Zika virus can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites. Only 1 out of 5 infected individuals will develop symptoms which include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Whether or not symptoms occur, all individuals with Zika infection can potentially spread it to others through sexual contact or blood transfusion. Zika is not spread through casual contact such as in a class room, between roommates who are not sexual partners, or through contaminated food.

Though the active infection only lasts for a few days, the potential for spread through sexual contact can last for months. So what’s the big concern? Zika virus can lead to serious birth defects if a pregnant woman develops an infection or if an infected woman later becomes pregnant and transmits it to her unborn fetus. 

If your partner traveled to an area with Zika

Zika virus can affect fetal brain development, and infected persons can carry this virus without showing symptoms. Because of these factors, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people with a partner who traveled to an area with Zika  use condoms or avoid having sex for a period of time.

The precautionary period depends on whether the traveling partner is female or male:

  • If female: Use condoms or do not have sex for at least 8 weeks after her return from an area with Zika (if she doesn’t have symptoms), or for at least 8 weeks from the start of her symptoms (or Zika diagnosis) if she develops Zika.
  • If male: Use condoms or do not have sex for at least 6 months after his return from to an area with Zika (if he doesn’t have symptoms), or for at least 6 months from the start of his symptoms (or Zika diagnosis) if he develops Zika. This extended period is because Zika stays in semen longer than in other body fluids.

If you live in an area with Zika

If you live in an area with Zika it’s best to use condoms or avoid having sex.  If you (or your partner) develop symptoms of Zika or if you have concerns, talk to a healthcare provider.

The CDC recommends the following precautions to avoid exposure and complications: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

If you have recently traveled in affected areas and feel that you may have symptoms of Zika virus infection, contact Student Health Services for evaluation.

Meningococcal Update - 01/10/17

Jan. 10, 2017

Oregon State University students,

Welcome back to campus and winter term. I hope you had a good holiday break. 

As you may be aware, two Oregon State University students were diagnosed in November with Type B meningococcal disease.

I am writing to share that the best way to prevent meningococcal disease is by vaccination. You may want to consider being vaccinated for Type B meningococcal disease if you have not already taken this step. Please contact Student Health Services (SHS) at 541-737-2724 or your health care provider to determine the need for this vaccine. It is also advisable to contact your insurance carrier for information on coverage for meningococcal B vaccine.

Note that to ensure full immunization, you must complete a two- or three-dose series of vaccinations, depending on the brand of vaccine.

If you have already started the vaccination series, OSU Student Health Services (SHS) can provide follow-up doses. It is imperative that you communicate the date of your initial vaccination dose and the brand received when you visit SHS.

If you want to begin the vaccination process, SHS can also help with that as well.

Be aware that the B strain of meningococcal disease is not covered by the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine that OSU requires upon admission for first year students under 22. 

As a reminder, meningococcal disease is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from an ill person coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; or by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or intimate contact. Health officials encourage everyone to monitor their own health and note the following symptoms that may accompany this disease: high fever, a significant weakness, headache, stiff neck, rash, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you experience these symptoms, please immediately contact SHS, your primary care physician or a nearby urgent care medical clinic or emergency room.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by visiting these websites:

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

or

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

Best of luck with your classes this term.  

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost
Student Affairs


Dec. 12, 2016

Winter Break and meningococcal vaccinations

If you plan to get vaccinated for Meningococcal disease (type B) while home on winter break, please pay attention to the brand of vaccine you are given:

>> Bexsero® requires two doses, the second dose given one month following
the first

>> Trumenba® requires three doses, the second given 30-60 days after the initial dose, and the third dose given at 6 months.

These vaccines cannot be intermixed. Student Health Services can provide follow up doses of either Bexsero® or Trumenba® once you have returned to Oregon State University.

If you have already received a first dose of Meningococcal B vaccine at SHS, or in Corvallis, you will want to follow up with the second or subsequent dose while home on break. It is important you let your health care provider know which brand of vaccine you started.

Student Health Services is currently using Bexsero. Providers in the community are using either Bexsero or Trumemba. Call Student Health Services if you do not remember the brand or the date you received your first dose.

Check with your insurance carrier about reimbursement. Many plans will cover this vaccine. Note: there is broad insurance coverage for the quadrivalent ACWY vaccine that is currently required for incoming students under the age of 22. This vaccine does not provide protection against meningococcal B.


Nov. 18, 2016

Meningococcal vaccinations to be offered

Oregon State University and the Benton County Health Department continued Friday to identify and treat with preventive antibiotics OSU students who may have come into close contact with a second student diagnosed this week with meningococcal disease.

“It is important that students who have had close contact receive antibiotic treatment as soon as possible,” said Paul Cieslak, medical director for the communicable disease division at the Oregon Health Authority. “Other students are likely to be at much lower risk.”

Two undergraduate students attending Oregon State are being treated this week at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for meningococcal disease.

One student is being treated for meningococcal disease strain B and is listed by the hospital to be in good condition. Test results for the second student, who also is listed in good condition, were inconclusive. More detailed laboratory analysis for the second student by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be available next week.

“For students under 25 years of age, a meningococcal-B vaccine is available at OSU Student Health Services,” said Jeff Mull, medical director for OSU Student Health Services.

OSU Student Health Services is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The center is closed Sundays and is located in the Plageman Building, at 108 S.W. Memorial Place

“Oregon State University continues to work closely with our partners in public health at the county and state,” said Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations at Oregon State University. “We continue to undertake every effort possible to inform, help treat, educate, and provide for our students and the public’s health.”

“We continue to emphasize what this disease is; who may be at risk; how a person may recognize symptoms of the disease; what a person should do if they recognize the symptoms; and how our students, faculty, staff and the public can prevent being affected.”

Approximately 160 people have been provided preventive antibiotics since Sunday.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease are high fever, headache, stiff neck, exhaustion, nausea, rash, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people do not get meningitis, but they contract an infection of the bloodstream, which causes fever and a rash. Individuals who have spent at least four hours cumulatively in close, face-to-face association with a person suffering from meningococcal disease within seven days before the illness started are most at risk of catching meningococcal disease.

“It is important to continue to monitor your own health,” said Dr. Bruce Thomson, Benton County health officer.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately visit their primary care physician or a nearby urgent care medical clinic or emergency room. OSU students experiencing these symptoms should visit OSU Student Health Services.

Meningococcal disease is not highly contagious and is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from an ill person coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or intimate contact.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at 541-766-6835 or by visiting these websites:

http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectious-diseases/meningococcal-disease

or

http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=51

More information will be provided as available. 

Volunteer!

There are opportunities for those OSU students who would like to become involved in the mission of Student Health Services.

Student Health Advisory Board

The Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) acts as a link between Student Health Services (SHS), Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) and the general student population, and consists of both voting and non-voting members.

Community Health Partners

In 2011, Student Health Services (SHS) conducted a series of focus groups with underrepresented students to gather feedback on how SHS could better meet their health needs. Among the suggestions that were brought forward was the idea of a liaison program. After continued consultation with faculty and staff who work closely with students in those communities, SHS recruited volunteers to serves as liaisons and began the training process.

Mission

To form partnerships with underrepresented communities in order to provide enhanced programs and services that better meet the students' health needs and to serve as a resource for the community.

Goals

  • Make SHS a more inclusive and welcoming place
  • Collaborate on health-related events, programs and services
  • Provide community-specific health resources

Involvement

  • Participate in ongoing cultural competence training
  • Conduct research and participate in community specific trainings
  • Attend community events and meetings
  • Network with students, faculty and staff in the community

Staff Selection and Training

The CHP staff were selected on a volunteer basis and training started in the fall of 2012.

Curriculum included:

  • Self-exploration
  • Difference and worldview
  • Privilege and power
  • White privilege
  • Oppression and the "isms"
  • Health disparities
  • Health and healing across cultures
  • Cross-cultural help-seeking behavior
  • How to be an ally

The CHPs also participated in a nine-week class, Intercultural Communication Effectiveness in Education (ICEE), conducted by two staff members of Intercultural Student Services.

CHPs and Their Communities

The following is a list of the partners and the communities they serve:

  • Beth Brown: Community of Women
  • Kim Foster: African American
  • Melinda Lear-Konold: Native American
  • Kathryn Lederer: International
  • Debbie Schliske: LGBT
  • Malinda Shell: Multi-racial; Student Athletes; Program Coordinator
  • Elinor Tatham: Asian Pacific-Islander
  • Michelle Wolf: Latino/a

Committee Tasks

During the spring term 2013, the CHPs hosted seven community meetings at various centers to tell people about the program, introduce the SHS Community Health Partner to the communities in which they would be serving, and to gather feedback.

Each CHP is using the feedback that they received to begin to work with their community. Next steps include getting out into the community, attending events, and meeting with key students and faculty/staff within each community.

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Health and Wellness Alignment

The Health and Wellness Alignment – an interdepartmental partnership of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Recreational Sports, and Student Health Services – collaborate to create and cultivate a culture of health and wellness throughout the OSU community.

Health and wellness influence academic success. The Health and Wellness Alignment provides a vast array of resources that can help bring balance to students’ academic and personal lives. Through the OSU Health Fee, students can access the many wellness services that the three departments provide. This could mean getting physically fit by exercising daily at Dixon Recreation Center, or using biofeedback to learn relaxation techniques in the Mind Spa at CAPS. Consider taking advantage of health coaching, nutritional consultation or seeing a clinician at Student Health. These are just a few of the many resources available at no additional charge to students.

The Health and Wellness Alignment believes that the entire campus community – students, faculty and staff – shares responsibility for creating a healthy campus environment. All are encouraged to add healthy practices to daily life, finding individual ways to “Be well. Be Orange.”