Health Week on USU campus

Student Health Week continues this week on the Utah State University campus without its’ signature event, free H1N1 vaccinations. “We planned this event several weeks ago and anticipated we would have the vaccine but it’s been in short supply this fall and has been somewhat sporadic in its’ delivery,” said Student Health and Wellness Center Director, Dr. Jim Davis. “So now we have the event, but no vaccine.” He said vaccinations will be rescheduled, probably for late-November or early-December. Other events this week have continued with the goal of informing students about the center and the services available to them. “The students understand what we have for them here, once we teach them,” said Dr. Davis. “They come to campus not being aware of it. And that’s what our week is about this week, to explain our location, what our services are, the comprehensive health services available, which are paid for through their student fees. So they do not require insurance or any kind of payment when they come down to see the doctor or a nurse. They only pay for a few incidentals. We try to explain what the services are and how we can take care of them.” Student fees per semester cost almost $400 and $36 of that goes to the Student Health and Wellness Center. Medicines at the Health Center are given to students at cost. In the meantime, the Health Center continues to provide its full range of services which this time of year includes dealing with flu. “We saw a little earlier peak than usual of flu cases,” said Dr. Davis. “We usually don’t see the peak until late-December and when the students return back in January. Aside from that, we have had the usual underlying level of illness.” USU’s Student Health and Wellness Center is at 850 East, 1250 North, immediately north of the Laub Center at Romney Stadium.

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