The Etter Health Center strives to not only take care of you when you are sick or injured but to help you to stay well and prevent illness. We also desire to help you learn to manage your own health and wellness and to become more independent in managing your own minor illnesses and injuries. Your first contact with the Health Center should be this website. Here you will find resources to assist you in the management of an illness or maintaining wellness. In many cases you will find solutions and advice regarding your question or problem and direct consultation with our staff will not be needed. Our nurses are available to discuss your questions and problems over the phone and arrange for a nurse or doctor appointment if necessary.
Sickness and Injury
Before calling the clinic, we encourage you to utilize the following resources:
- Symptom Checker: http://www.drugs.com/symptom-checker/
- Medline Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthtopics.html
These sites will allow you to enter your symptoms or illness and obtain reliable advice and help you decide whether or not you need an appointment. If over-the-counter medications are needed, you can call the Health Center and speak to a nurse to arrange to pick up over-the- counter medications.
If you need to speak with the nurse or would like to schedule an appointment call the Etter Health Center at (717) 477-1458. In many cases, the nurse can give the advice over the phone and an appointment will not be necessary. In other cases an appointment with the doctor or nurse will be necessary.
We do have some over-the counter prescription medication available at the clinic at no cost to you. If you are prescribed or recommended an over-the-counter medication that is not available at the Health Center, you will need to purchase the medication at a pharmacy.
If crutches or braces are recommended, these can usually be borrowed from the Health Center.
Certain conditions need the attention of a health care professional while other conditions, such as colds, can be self-treated. to encourage self-responsibility for your health care we have a self-care unit which allows you to treat your minor health conditions, determine if you can safely treat yourself and staff is available for consultation at all times. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are supplied. Self-care unit is open during hours of operation. Click here to see the self-care material.
The following lab tests can usually be performed at the Health Center:
- Urine pregnancy test
- Rapid strep test
- Mono test
- Microscopy test for yeast and other fungal infections
- Microscopy test for certain sexually transmitted infections including bacterial vaginosis and Trichomonas
If other lab tests are needed, we can in most cases, collect the specimen and send it to Quest Labs for you. You or your insurance will be billed by Quest Labs for any test they do. Some of our nurses are trained in phlebotomy and can draw your blood to send to the lab when necessary.
We do not have x-ray facilities at the Health Center. If our physician orders an x-ray or other diagnostic imaging tests, you will need to go to another facility to hae the test performed. The -ray facility will bill you or your insurance for the x-ray. The following are facilities in our area that perform x-rays:
Care of Chronic Illness
If you have a chronic illness such as asthma high blood pressure, seasonal allergies, migraines, etc. that require periodic or regular medication or testing you should have a regular follow-ups with your home physician for evaluation and prescriptions. If this is not always feasible, then you may make an appointment with our physician who will collaborate with your home physician to be sure you are receiving appropriate care.
If you run out of medication or a prescription expires for a chronic health condition while you are at school, you should first call your home physician to see if he or she can send a prescription to your local pharmacy before making an appointment with our physician. We will of course be glad to see you for acute episodes of a chronic illness such as migraine headaches or asthma flare-ups.
Illness Prevention and Health Maintenance
We encourage all students to receive preventive health services from their home physician. Most insurance companies cover wellness visits and screening for specific diseases. Summer, winter, and spring breaks are a good time to schedule preventive services with your home physician. If it is not feasible to receive these services from your home physician we will provide them at the health center. Please refer to the following websites to be sure you are up to date with the recommended preventive health services for your age and gender.
Men age 18-39: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007464.htm
Men age 40-64: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/articl/07465.htm
Women age 18-39: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007462.htm
Women age 40-64: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007467.htm
As part of our ongoing effort to help you stay healthy, we are engaged in the following screening activities:
1. Screening for alcohol misuse We are vigilant in identifying students who are misusing alcohol and encourage students to speak to fellow students who are misusing alcohol to avail themselves to the following resource on campus: http://www.ship.edu/connections/. Further information can also be found at:
2. Screening for tobacco use We are vigilant in identifying students who are using tobacco and encourage students to speak to fellow students who are using tobacco to avail themselves to the following resource on campus: http://www.sadlerhealth.org/classes.html .
3. Screening for obesity We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic. There is perhaps no better place to curb this epidemic than on college campuses. The health center is partnering with the food service in encouraging students to become engaged with the USDA program My Plate on Campus. We would like all students to look at the excellent information at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlateOnCampus/ to guide you in making healthy food choices and in obtaining or maintaining a healthy weight. We would also like some of our students to become ambassadors with the My Plate on Campus program.
For those struggling with obesity and weight related health problems, we encourage you to make an appointment with the health center. Many insurance plans now cover weight loss services and in some cases we may refer you to a weight loss specialist.
4. Screening for depression We partner with the counseling center in identifying and treating students who are struggling with depression or other mental health related problems. We encourage all students to be aware of fellow students who may be depressed and encourage them to call the health center or counseling center. More information regarding the counseling center can be found at http://www.ship.edu/counseling_center/ .
5. Screening for sexually transmitted infections All women 25 years and younger and who have sex should be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea every year. This is typically done as part of a women's annual wellness visit with her home physician. Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in men and other sexually transmitted infections in both men and women may also be indicated based on other personal risk factors. If you have sex please review the following article to determine if STI screening is indicated for you: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/std-testing/ID00047/METHOD=print . We can screen for any sexually transmitted infection at the health center. However, for some infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia we have to send collected specimens to Quest Labs who will bill you or your insurance for the tests.
We encourage you to discuss contraception with your home physician. This can typically be done along with a wellness visit. Winter, spring, and summer breaks are a good time to schedule visits with your home physician for this purpose.
If our home physician prescribes the Depo Provera injection, this can be given at the health center if it is not practical to receive the injection at your home physician's office. A brief appointment with our physician will be required prior to initiating the injections at the health center. Be sure to schedule this appointment at least one week before the first injection is due. If it is not feasible to obtain a contraceptive prescription from your home physician then you may schedule an appointment with our physician. The following contraceptives may be prescribed at the health center:
- Oral Contraceptive Pills
- Depo Provera Injection
We do not provide these contraceptives to you but can provide a prescription that can be filled at any pharmacy. We currently do not place IUD's or implants.
Please carefully consider your decisions regarding sex and contraception ahead of time. The following resources may help you in your decisions regarding sex, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
- Choosing a contraception method
- Overview of sexually transmitted infections
You may schedule an appointment to receive your allergy injections at the health center. Allergy injections are administered by a registered nurse under the direction of the student's personal allergist during our doctor's hours. Students must wait for 30 minutes in the health center after receiving their allergy injection. The following requirements must be met in order to receive your injections at the health center:
- You must be under the care of an allergist to receive allergy injections.
- Personal allergy serums must have specific written physician's orders and are sent by the allergist or brought by the student. The serum must be kept refrigerated at all times.
- Student's who receive allergy injections must provide a copy of the most current instructions from their allergist for the administering RN to follow and maintain.
- Student's must make an appointment with our nursing staff to initiate a walkthrough visit and for regimented future appointments to receive allergy injections.
- Please note: EHC will not administer injections from inadequately labeled/mislabeled vials or that lack instructions or incomplete instructions.
All students are required to submit an official copy of their immunization record from either their healthcare providers office, school, or their State Health Department.
All students are required to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof of immunization in the student's immunization record or laboratory titer proving immunity is required. Immunizations against varicella (chickenpox), pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza (flu) are strongly recommended. If there is an outbreak of any of these diseases and you are not adequately immunized, you may be restricted from residing in campus housing and attending classes and campus events.
Routine vaccinations should be provided by your home physician along with your other preventive care. Please refer to the following website to be sure you have received all of the recommended vaccines for your age: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/college.html.
Flu shots and many other vaccines are available at the local pharmacies. The Health Center is available to guide and assist you to ensure that you receive recommended vaccinations.
The meningitis vaccine or a signed waiver is required for all students living in the residence halls on campus: http://www.ship.edu/Health_Center/Meningitis/ .
If you will be traveling internationally and need immunizations or medication to prevent malaria, you may make an appointment with our travel nurse. We do not keep the immunizations or medication for malaria at the health center but will give you the prescription so that you can pick them up at a pharmacy. If injections are recommended you can receive them at the pharmacy or make an appointment to return to the health center where one of our nurses will administer them. We do not provide the yellow fever vaccination. If the yellow fever vaccination is required, you will need to make an appointment at a yellow fever vaccination clinic. You can find these clinics at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellow-fever-vaccination-clinics/search.
Tuberculosis (TB) testing times are listed below. Please call the health center to schedule your TB test during one of the available times. During your appointment for a test placement, you will also need to schedule a follow-up appointment 48-72 hours later for a nurse to interpret and record the result. If you do not attend the test reading component of this process, the test will need to be repeated and you will be charged a $20 fee for the repeat test.
TB Testing Days: Tuesday & Wednesday while classes are in session
TB Testing Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.