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Student Health Clinic Updates In Response To COVID-19 Pandemic
We have posted a self-reporting link, COVID-19 Self-Reporting. We are trying to get a handle on anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus, or who has participated in any risky behaviors associated with the disease. These include: going on a cruise in the past month, any international travel, travel to any “hot spots” like New York or Miami, close proximity to anyone who is being tested for COVID-19 or who had any of the symptoms (fever, dry cough, chest pain, GI symptoms, fatigue), or any symptoms yourself. We want to make sure that you are doing OK at this point, that you are receiving care and food (if you are on campus especially), and that you are continuing self-isolation.
There were many activities during Spring Break week that may have exposed you to the virus, and we request that you self-report any exposures or concerns. We will follow up on every report.
Please wash your hands often, protect your lungs by avoiding smoking or vaping, practice social distancing and self-isolation to help contain the spread of this lethal disease. Often young people are “carriers” and are without symptoms, but they still can spread the disease. Stay away from elderly, pregnant, or immunocompromised friends and family.
Student Health Services Office Visits
*Due to COVID-19 and the concern for everyone's safety, Student Health Services is temporarily closed until further notice. However, during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm), please call 904-620-2900 if you would like to speak to one of our staff members. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, or difficulty breathing) or a recent travel history, please call 904-620-2900 to notify our staff.
Effective today, March 24, 2020, we have revised our visitor policy consistent with CDC recommendations for social distancing and are asking that if you come to an appointment at our office, you please come alone. If a visitor must accompany you, we will permit only one visitor and that person must be 18 or older and maintain the 6-foot distancing guidelines.
In an effort to help contain the transmission of the coronavirus and to keep everyone safe, please contact Student Health Services @ (904) 620-2900 and let us know if you need a refill on women’s health medications, such as birth control, or if you are due for a routine annual exam. We will attempt to help you remotely if possible.
Please see the UNF COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Form.
Student Health Services (SHS) is a department under the Division of Student Affairs. The SHS MISSION is to provide UNF students with quality evidence based health education and medical care to support their wellness, academic performance and retention. SHS VISION: With acceptance and respect for the diversity of our student population, SHS aspires to provide the highest quality healthcare, and the staff will act as public health resources for the campus community.
Please schedule all doctors' appointments in advance by calling: (904) 620-2900.
Appointment Policy Update
**We are asking that all patients show up at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to allow time for any paper work that might be required. With more students living on campus, we expect the clinic to be busier than ever. With that in mind, we will no longer be able to offer a 10 minute grace period. If you are not on time for your appointment you will be asked to reschedule and it is quite possible that our schedules might be full and you will have to reschedule for another day. So please keep this in mind and plan accordingly.
When unable to keep an appointment, please be sure to call and cancel. A $10 fee will be imposed for scheduled appointments, which were "no show" and not canceled.
UNF Student Health Services (SHS) clinical areas qualify as "hazardous locations" where children are not permitted. Children are permitted in SHS waiting areas if they are supervised at all times by an adult. If a patient arrives with a child, s/he will be asked to reschedule their appointment and return without the child or with an adult who can supervise the child in the waiting area. The patient may be charged a "no show/missed appointment" fee.
Reminder Ladies: Women's health annual exam appointments are normally scheduled two weeks in advance. Urgent care for women's health will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
UNF Student Health Services licensed professional healthcare employees are subject to immunity within the scope of their employment with UNF (see Florida Statute 768.28)
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What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX, as is gender-based bullying and hazing. The University of North Florida has a sexual Misconduct Regulation that provides additional information. For more information, please click: https://www.unf.edu/Title_IX
Hepatitis A Update
In August 2019, The Florida State Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees, MD signed a Department of Health Declaration of Public Health Emergency. The emergency exposes the serious increase in Hepatitis A (HAV) infections. The virus has had a significant impact on counties throughout our state and to protect public health, the state has requested assistance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Individuals considered at high risk for contracting HAV or at high risk of suffering serious complications from the disease should be vaccinated.
The list includes but is not limited to, the following:
- a. Individuals that are homeless;
- b. Intravenous drug users;
- c. Non-intravenous illicit drug users;
- d. Men who have sex with men;
- e. Individuals diagnosed with underlying liver disease;
- f. Individuals in an emergency room or other acute care setting, after being administered an opioid antagonist, such as naloxone;
- g. Individuals with clotting factor disorders;
- h. Individuals working with homeless persons or intravenous drug users outside of health care settings;
- i. Individuals over 6o years of age with a serious underlying medical condition, as determined by their health care provider, in critically impacted counties;
- j. First responders.
Dr. Rivkees also suggests that health care practitioners should actively screen for and vaccinate these patients in order to mitigate further spread of HAV.
The American College Health Association (ACHA) also recommends college students receive the Hepatitis A vaccine as a safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. Students traveling to endemic countries are also recommended to have the vaccine.
You may find additional information on Hepatitis A and adult immunizations at the following CDC links:
New Coronavirus Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments around a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in close to 300 confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. A suspected case has been quarantined in Queensland, Australia. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.
This ‘novel’ (new) coronavirus is the seventh of its type known to infect humans. The most well-known and deadly strain is SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), that infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that also originated in China, before moving through Asia and North America in 2002 and 2003. Another coronavirus, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), has killed 858 out of the 2,500 recorded cases since it emerged in 2012.
The new coronavirus has been found to cause symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties leading to pneumonia. If you feel unwell within 14 days of international travel, please seek medical attention but make sure that you alert staff of your symptoms and travel history. For University communications on coronavirus, please see the following: UNF Coronavirus Website.