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MEDICAL FREQUENTLY asked questions

1.  What do I do if I have a medical emergency?
For severe or potentially life-threatening physical or mental health emergencies, call 911 and UTB Campus Police at (956) 882-2222 or go to a local hospital emergency room.

2.  What do I do if I get sick and the clinic is closed?
For after hours non-emergent medical care, consult a Brownsville telephone directory for a list of local private medical providers or contact your health insurance company for more information. For severe or potentially life-threatening physical or mental health emergencies call 911 and UTB Campus Police at (956) 882-222 or go to a local hospital emergency room.

3. What does the medical services fee cover?
The medical services fee covers unlimited office visits with the medical providers, mental health counselors, health educator, and psychiatrist. Charges apply for all laboratory tests, procedures, supplies, immunizations, TB tests, routine annual women's health exams, and routine physical exams.

4.  Are immunizations free?
Charges apply for all immunizations; however, Student Health Services offers several  immunizations, including the HPV vaccine, meningitis vaccine, Hepatitis B and others, to students 18 years of age and under for $10 per vaccine.

5.  What are the signs and symptoms of meningitis?
High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone 2 years of age or over. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take 1-2 days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. As the disease progresses, patients of any age may have seizures. If you experience any of the above symptoms seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

6.  Are there vaccines against meningitis?
Yes, there are vaccines against haemophilus influenza Type B (Hib), against some serogroups of neisseria meningitidis (N. meningtidis) and many types of streptococcus pneumonia. The vaccines against Hib are very safe and highly effective.  SHS offers the meningoccal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).

7.  What are the signs and symptoms of the flu?
Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms.

8.  Are there vaccines against the flu?
Yes, two kinds of flu vaccine are available in the United States, the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine.  SHS offers the flu shot to eligible students. Please call the clinic at (956) 882-3896 for availability. 

9.  Why should I get a flu vaccine?
In some people, the flu can cause serious complications, including bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Children and adults may develop sinus problems and ear infections.

10.  What is Plan B?
Emergency contraception, sold as Plan B®, can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, birth control method failure, or sexual assault. Emergency contraception may be taken within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse to avoid pregnancy. Emergency contraception may not prevent an already formed pregnancy and does not stop an already existing pregnancy. Emergency contraception provides no protection against sexually transmitted infections.

11.  Is HIV/AIDS testing available?
We have free and confidential HIV testing provided at Student Health Services by the Valley Aids Council. SHS also offers confidential HIV blood testing.

12.  Which tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are available at SHS?
The following tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are available at SHS and may be requested during an office visit with a provider. Chlamydia and gonorrhea, herpes, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and syphilis.

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