College can be stressful. We’re here for those times when you need help with your physical and mental health.
Students who are in good physical and mental health achieve greater personal and academic success, as well as contribute to a positive school environment. The Health & Counseling Center offers health, counseling and wellness services to enrolled students, and we encourage you to contact us about your health-care needs.
If you are experiencing a psychological emergency that is life-threatening or involves a risk of harm to yourself or others, call University Police at 512-448-8444 or dial 9-1-1.
If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
If students are experiencing a psychological crisis, they should contact Counseling Services during normal business hours, or the University Police Department at 512-448-8444 to reach the counselor on call in the evening and on weekends.
Patients with more urgent medical situations who cannot wait until the next available appointment time should consider visiting one of the local urgent care clinics or the E.R.
Influenza, more commonly known as the “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The season typically occurs from October to May of each year, generally peaking in January and February. Officials with the Travis County Department of Public Health report that there has been a significant increase in flu activity reported locally and across the nation.
Serious outcomes of the flu can result in hospitalization or even death. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. The vaccine this year protects against the most common strains of the virus, including H1N1. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to fully develop protection against the flu.
There are four steps that can help prevent the spread of the disease.
Clean---Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Cover---Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do!
Contain---Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home or in your room until you are well again, so you do not spread more germs.
Call---Call or come to the Health & Counseling Center if you have a fever greater than 100 degrees.
Signs and Symptoms of the Flu
How Flu Spreads
You can be contagious from one day before and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. It is spread through the air, from coughing and sneezing, or by hand, touching something that someone with the virus has touched.
Treatment of the Flu
Use over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or cough syrup to relieve symptoms. Rest in bed and drink lots of fluids. If you contact your doctor or the Health & Counseling Center within 48 hours of onset of symptoms, you may be able to take an anti-viral drug, which will reduce the severity of symptoms and length of the Illness.
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