PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PROVIDENCE COLLEGE HEALTH SERVICES
Rhode Island and much of the nation are experiencing widespread influenza as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and national and local media.
WE URGE ALL PROVIDENCE COLLEGE STUDENTS TO OBTAIN A FLU VACCINATION PRIOR TO RETURNING TO CAMPUS.
In Rhode Island and many other states, the flu vaccine can be administered in local pharmacies, urgent care facilities, and physician offices. Getting the flu shot NOW will do much to keep you, your family and your friends healthy as we begin the 2013 spring semester.
We encourage all Providence College community members to get vaccinated, if they have not been, and to review www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm and www.health.ri.gov/flu to help stop the spread of germs.
We have requested vaccines so we can offer flu clinics on campus, similar to those we held in the fall. However, since the supply may not meet the demand, we recommend getting it while you can.
In addition, Health Services is taking extra precautions to reduce the risk of influenza on campus along with the Physical Plant, Residence Life, Dining Services and other college departments.
In order to treat most illnesses and accident-related injuries, the College maintains a Student Health Center. Appointments are necessary to meet with one of the providers.
In addition to the above services, the Student Health Center provides relevant health and wellness programming including educational / informational workshops and screenings on nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco, stress, and general wellness.
The center provides laboratory services but does not provide x-ray or surgical services, treatment for major illnesses, or allergy shots. The center refers students who need those services to a local hospital or physician and students assume financial responsibility for off-campus services.