Health Center

Public Health Update

Seasonal Influenza Update: January 17, 2018

Fairfield University students should be aware that Connecticut is experiencing wide spread seasonal influenza activity. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is influenza?

Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.

How does it spread?

Influenza viruses spread from an ill person to others mainly through coughing or sneezing. People may also become infected by touching something with the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • congestion
  • body aches
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

The fever may last 3-4 days.

How can I avoid becoming ill with the flu?

  • Take time to get a flu vaccine.
    • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illness, doctor’s visits and missed work and school due to flu.  Vaccination of people at high risk of serious flu complications is especially important. People at high risk of serious flu complications include pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 and older. 
  • Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. 
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

How can the Student Health Center assist students with flu related concerns?

  • The Student Health Center does have influenza vaccine available for students.  Typically, the flu season continues through March or April.  Students who have yet to receive the vaccine could still benefit from it. Please call 203-254-4000 ext. 2241 for more information.
  • The Student Health Center is available to evaluate and treat eligible students with signs and symptoms of influenza.  Students should seek medical treatment in a timely manner.  For more guidance regarding ill students on campus go to:  https://www.fairfield.edu/undergraduate/student-life-and-services/health-and-wellness/health-center/health-education/ .
  • The Student Health Center staff is available to answer any questions, or students may go to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm .

About the Student Health Center

American College Health Association LogoHours of Operation*‌

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Options for Student Visits:

  • Walk-in Hours:  Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Appointment Only Hours:  Monday-Thursday Evenings beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Appointment Only Hours:  Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

Women’s Health Clinic (by appointment):  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4 p.m.

Allergy Desensitization Injection Clinic (by appointment only)

To schedule an appointment, call (203) 254-4000, Ext. 2241

*If the Fairfield University departmental offices are closed due to inclement weather, the Student Health Center also closes.

 Please call Public Safety at (203)254-4090 for medical emergencies.

 

About the Health Center

‌The Student Health Center is located at the back of Dolan Hall. To contact the Student Health Center, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2241. Health care is provided by our physician and a staff of nurse practitioners and registered nurses. A nurse practitioner is an "Advanced Practice Registered Nurse" licensed to manage common illnesses and prescribe medications.

To receive medical treatment at the Student Health Center you must be a full-time undergraduate student and have the required admission Medical Report on file. There is no visit fee for eligible students.

The Student Health Center is available to assist graduate and part-time students with immunizations required for matriculation and referrals to community Health Care Providers, but is not able to provide ongoing clinical care. 

Confidentiality
All medical visits to the Student Health Center are confidential. Health records are completely separate from other University records. Access is limited to authorized Student Health Center personnel only. The Student Health Center will discuss/release personal medical information only with the student's written permission. Students may obtain a consent form for the release of medical information at the Student Health Center. This release is valid for the specified visit/illness only. This is a legal requirement. See Emergencies for additional information regarding emergency situations.

Student Survey
We welcome student feedback. This brief, confidential survey about your recent Student Health Center visit takes less than five minutes to complete. You may choose to remain anonymous or to give your name and contact information.


Contact Us
Fairfield University Student Health Center
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 254-4000, ext. 2241
Fax: (203) 254-4263
E-mail: health@fairfield.edu
(Please use e-mail only for routine, non-urgent communication).

Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission:

The Student Health Center is committed to providing accessible, culturally competent and high quality health care, guided by best practices, to address the needs of mind, body and spirit.

Vision:

The Student Health Center enhances the lives of our students by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and promoting personal responsibility for one’s health and wellness through patient centered care and health education outreach.

Values:

  • Respect and compassion for all
  • The provision of student centered services
  • Professional excellence and responsiveness
  • Ethical practice consistent with the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services”
  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to healthcare
  • Active involvement of students

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to:

  • Be treated with consideration, dignity and respect
  • Know the names and professional status of people serving you
  • Be provided with appropriate privacy
  • Be provided, to the degree known, complete information concerning your diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and prognosis
  • Have access to information concerning health education, self-care and prevention of illness
  • Know the effectiveness and possible side effects of all forms of treatment
  • Refuse to be examined or treated by health care providers and to be informed of the possible consequences of such decisions
  • Select and/or change your health care provider if other providers are available
  • Information about Student Health Center services, related costs, after hours care and emergency care
  • Be assured of the confidential treatment of disclosures and records, and to have the opportunity to approve or refuse the release of such information except when release of specific information is required by law or as necessary to safeguard you or the university community
  • Be given the opportunity to participate in decisions involving your health care
  • Present a concern or complaint with the knowledge that your care or service will not be jeopardized
  • Have optimal quality of care provided within the resources and scope of the Student Health Center practice

You have the responsibility to:

  • Seek medical attention promptly, and subsequently, to report any significant changes in symptoms or failure to improve
  • Provide the Student Health Center with complete and accurate information about your health, medication both prescribed and over the counter, dietary supplements, and any allergies or sensitivities
  • Respect Student Health Center health care providers and staff, other patients, clinic policies and operating hours
  • Keep appointments or cancel in advance
  • Ask about anything you do not understand
  • Follow the treatment plan prescribed by your Student Health Center health care provider and participate in your care
  • Inform your Student Health Center health care provider about any living will, medical power of attorney or any other medical directive that could affect your care.  Visit www.ct.gov for more information (Advance Directives PDF).
  • Provide useful feedback about services and policies (consider utilizing our Suggestion Box in the reception area or our on-line survey on our webpage: www.fairfield.edu/healthcenter)
  • To bring forward suggestions or grievances, please contact the Director of the Student Health Center, Julia Duffy, APRN at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2241 or e-mail: jduffy@fairfield.edu or health@fairfield.edu.

When you have questions, please ask. When you are satisfied, please comment. When you are not satisfied, please let us know. Thank you.

Medical Services

The Student Health Center offers general medical appointment, women's health clinic, on-site lab and pharmacy services, community HCPs, immunizations and more.

Emergencies

For Medical Emergencies, please call Public Safety at (203)254-4000, ext.4090 for immediate assistance. All Public Safety Officers are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

New Students

In this section, new students at Fairfield can review information regarding mandatory health related requirements, health insurance requirements, students with chronic medical conditions and food allergies.

Immunization Requirements

The State of Connecticut General Statutes Section 10a-155 and Fairfield University require each full-time or matriculating student to provide proof of immunity or screening against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, meningitis and tuberculosis. Immunization forms and fact sheets can be found in this section.

Health Insurance

Fairfield University requires that all full-time domestic undergraduate students maintain or purchase a health insurance policy. Under Fairfield University's "hard waiver" program, full time undergraduate domestic students are automatically enrolled (and billed), each July. However, if the student has access to health insurance through other means (e.g. parents' coverage), students can waive the University-sponsored coverage and receive a full credit on his or her bill.

Food Allergies

The University recognizes allergic reactions to food are an important health issue. We are asking incoming students to review the checklist below and to carefully follow each directive.

Travel Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers a web site dedicated to providing comprehensive and current information related to travel and health. Information regarding vaccines, travel medicine, and general advice is posted on this web site. Travelers may also search for destination specific information and review posted Travel Health Notices.

Health Education

Health Education health topics provides students self care guidelines to manage your ailment(s).

Meet the Staff

Meet the staff at the Student Health Center.

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