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Health & Counseling Services

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HEALTH CENTER      COUNSELING CENTER

Make an Appointment

The College Student Health Services provides care for full-time students  during the regular academic year.  Students need to call to schedule an appointment. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic students can schedule Zoom appointments, tele-health appointments or in person visits depending on circumstances. During the summer, we are open for administrative purposes with limited clinical availability.

Dial ext. 7261 on campus or 410-778-7261

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Closed from noon – 1pm, if it is an emergency please contact Public Safety (410-778-7810) or call 911.

 

We currently offer Plan B at no charge to students for emergency contraception. Appointments are required.

Walgreen’s and Chester River Pharmacy in Chestertown provide the flu vaccine and in most cases, can bill your insurance company. 

In addition, the local Health Department in Kent County offers many Flu clinics. Check the Kent County Health Department site for upcoming dates at kenthd.org                                            

Take everyday steps to protect your health

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water especially after you cough or sneeze or use hand sanitizer available in highly trafficked areas of buildings throughout campus.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.

Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, phones, key boards, etc. at least daily.

Maintain a distance of 3-6 feet from others especially if they appear ill or are coughing or sneezing.

Get enough sleep and eat a well-balanced diet. If you are run down you will be more susceptible to illness.

Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of flu.

Signs and Symptoms of the flu

  • Fever of 100 or greater and at least one other symptom listed below
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have these symptoms

Do not go to class, the dining hall or campus events. It is important that you notify Health Services at ext 7261 or 410-778-7261 as soon as possible for further instructions. If Health Services is not open please self isolate in your room and follow the instructions at the following web sites.

www.flu.gov

Students, faculty and staff with flu like illness will be advised to go home if possible to be cared for by family and to minimize the risk of spreading flu to others. Students, faculty, and staff should not return to campus until fever free for a minimum of 48 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Arrangements will be made to assist students who are unable to return home.

Warning Signs and Symptoms for Adults with Flu

If you have any of the following symptoms or you are at high risk for complications contact your health care provider immediately.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blue or discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting/ signs of dehydration such as absence of urination
  • Flu symptoms improve and then return with fever and worse cough

High risk conditions include pregnancy, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or any chronic medical condition that compromises the immune system.

In an emergency please call 911.

Get additional information about seasonal flu from the CDC

All students are required to complete a health questionnaire, have a physical exam, and meet immunization requirements before their enrollment at Washington College. Physical exams must be completed within the 6 month period prior to the due date. Required immunizations are listed on the Health Form, which can be found on this page.

Clinic Information

An influenza immunization is strongly recommended for all returning Washington College students, living either on campus or off campus in Chestertown or the surrounding areas. The influenza vaccine is an important step in reducing flu-related illnesses and the overall impact of the respiratory illness during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington College already requires standard vaccines for all students, except by bona fide religious or medical exemptions, to help mitigate risk to the community and to support public health efforts in disease containment.

How to Provide Proof:

Proof of influenza vaccine should be uploaded via the Student Health Portal. Below we have outlined the process to follow:

  1. Save a copy of your receipt/certificate/proof of vaccine showing date and type of Influenza vaccine you received on your device.  Valid formats are JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, BMP and GIF.
  2. Go to https://washcoll.studenthealthportal.com/
  3. Use your Wash Coll SSO email and password to login
  4. On the home page, go to Document upload
  5. Select Proof of Influenza Vaccine from drop down menu
  6. Select file from your device and upload

Free STI Testing

Health Services offers STI Testing. Please call Health Services to schedule an appointment.