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Booking an Appointment, Policies and Procedures, and Forms

How do I book an appointment at the Campus Health Center?

CALL – Call (313) 577-5041 to make your appointment. Please be open to multiple dates and times when scheduling. Please have your insurance information ready.

PREPARE – Fill out the registration forms to bring with you to your appointment. Make sure you have updated insurance information.

ARRIVE – Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Bring your ONE Card, a government ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport) and your insurance card (or a copy front and back).

I don’t like calling. Is there another way I can schedule an appointment?

The easiest way to make an appointment is by calling the clinic. You may also walk in to make an appointment. We do not accept email appointment scheduling at this time.

Am I eligible to see a Nurse Practitioner at the Campus Health Center?

The Campus Health Center provides health care services to students who are currently enrolled at Wayne State University. If you are a currently enrolled Wayne State student, you are eligible to be a patient here.

What forms do I need for a visit?

Our Forms are available online and in several different languages. Please fill them out on your computer, print them, and bring to your appointment.  This will help expedite your appointment.

If you chose to fill them out by hand, please make sure your writing is legible. Any unreadable forms will need to be filled out again. Please make sure you sign and date all required sections.

What if I am 10 minutes late?

We understand that you may be running late from time-to-time. If you are running late, please call us as soon as you know you will be late, so we can plan accordingly.

Patients who have not called and are not present within 10 minutes of their appointment time, may get a $15.00 administrative fee and their appointment will be cancelled. See our Late Fee Policy for more information.

What does my free student visit cover?

Every currently enrolled Wayne State student gets one free illness visit per semester. Your free student visit covers the provider’s time spent to evaluate you and address your reasons for coming in for the visit.  Any additional testing and/or procedures that are needed outside of that evaluation are not included in your free student visit.

How many free student visits do I get?

Every currently enrolled Wayne State student gets one free illness visit per semester.

I have a concern regarding one of my health care providers or another staff member. What do I do?

If you have a concern or complaint you’d like to report, you can ask if the Clinic Manager or another supervisor is available.  If the appropriate person is not available at that time, please leave your name, phone number, and email so that you can be contacted.  We take concerns seriously and want to ensure your concern is heard and addressed appropriately.

How long do I have to cancel my appointment?

As a courtesy to our staff and other patients, we ask that if you are unable to make your appointment, you call to cancel at least one hour before your scheduled appointment time. Failure to notify the clinic, and/or missing appointments, could result in a fee. See policy.

How far in advance can I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment 2 months in advance.

Do you have same day appointments?

We understand there are times that an illness can occur suddenly.  We have some designated same day appointments available based on the urgency of the illness.  Additionally, we may have some additional appointments available depending on the day’s schedule. We urge you to phone the clinic as soon as you know you need an appointment to ensure you get an appointment time that will fit your schedule.

Does CHC accept walk ins?

The Campus Health Center recommends having an appointment, however exceptions are made for urgent health concerns. CHC staff will ask questions to determine the urgency of your health needs, and you will be seen accordingly.

There are some services that may be offered as walk-in, with certain criteria. During the Fall, we often have walk-in flu shot days, for example.

You can call to schedule an appointment over the phone or walk in to make an appointment.

I heard CHC offers free STI testing. Is this true?

Currently enrolled Wayne State students up to age 24 may qualify for free STI testing. This free testing is available through a program offered by the State of Michigan.  We promote this testing as a program called GYT: Get Yourself Tested.

Each semester, we have weekly GYT testing days for students.  GYT testing day is subject to change per semester; Please call CHC to make an appointment at 313.577.5041.

If you are having any type of symptoms, you will need to be seen by one of the Nurse Practitioners.  You may still be eligible to receive free (no cost) testing for STIs, but there may be additional costs based on what all you may need during your visit.

If you do not qualify for free testing, we are happy to ensure you receive any care you may need, please call the Campus Health Center at 313.577.5041 to make an appointment.

What is the condom club?

The Condom Club: $5.00 for a punch card redeemable for 50 condoms total. You can get 5 or a maximum of 10 condoms at a time. Stop in at CHC to purchase at our front desk, no appointment needed.

Many different male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, flavored condoms, glow in the dark, and of course LATEX FREE! There’s no excuse!

It never expires, and if you lose your card, that is fine – we keep a database of condom club members.

Can I redeem my full condom card to get all 50 condoms at once?

Unfortunately, you cannot collect all 50 condoms at one time. The condom club allows you to come in to get 5 or a maximum of 10 condoms at a time.

How many condom club cards can I buy per semester?

There is no limit to the number of condom club cards you can purchase per semester. You must purchase one at a time and collect 5 or a maximum of 10 condoms per visit. You may not purchase condom club cards for other people, and you must show your One Card to purchase and redeem your punches.

I lost my condom card. What do I do?

If you lose your card, that is fine – we keep a database of condom club members. Just come in with your OneCard and we will verify your purchase in our database.

Who can be seen at CHC?

All currently enrolled WSU students.

For international students who are enrolled in the WSU sponsored health plan, we are the Primary Care Provider. For those students who also have their spouse or child on their health plan, CHC will also provide care for your spouse and children. Dependent children must be at least 18 months old.

What services do you provide?

CHC is a full service primary care clinic. Please review our Services in detail to see the specific services that we offer.

What if I need care after hours or on the weekend?

We have a list of Emergency Rooms and urgent care facilities so that you can find care very close after hours or on the weekends.

 

Insurance and Payment

What types of insurance do you accept?

  • Blue Cross BlueShield (excluding Blue Cross Complete & Blue Care Network)
  • United Health Care
  • Cofinity
  • WSU Cofinity (AIG International Student Insurance)
  • Straight Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Meridian /Health Plan of Michigan
  • Spenddown
  • Aetna
  • Adult Benefit Wavier
  • John Smart Plan
  • Tricare

What happens if you don’t accept my insurance?

Not to worry! We never turn away a Wayne State student! Every student gets one free illness visit per semester.  You can still be seen if we are an out-of-network provider for your insurance carrier.  We will attempt to bill your insurance for payment.  Any charges not paid by your insurance are your responsibility and payment is expected.

If CHC is not in-network with your insurance and you need lab work (blood, urine, etc.), the lab is the one who bills your insurance. It is important for us to have your insurance information on file, so we can ensure we send it to the correct lab to minimize possible out-of-network charges.

If we are not in-network with your insurance, please talk to the Front Office Coordinators for more information.

I have a question about my bill?

For any questions regarding your bill, please call 734-890-9377.

A bill from the Campus Health Center will have the heading “Nursing Practice Corporation” at the top. If the letter is from your insurance company, it is not a bill. Letters from your insurance company are explanation of benefits (EOB), which explains what the insurance paid.

For example, here is a bill from CHC and an EOB comparison (link to pdf).

Does the university offer health insurance?

Wayne State University sponsors a health insurance plan for international students only. This is managed by the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Domestic students looking for a health plan, please visit Healthy Michigan Plan.

Do I have to pay for any services not covered by insurance?

Yes. We will attempt to bill your insurance for payment.  Any charges not paid by your insurance are your responsibility and payment is expected.

For students insured under HAP and Blue Care Network, payment is expected at time of service for all services beyond your one free illness student visit.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Cash, One Card, Debit, and Credit Card payments (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) Sorry, but we do not accept checks in the clinic at this time.

 

Questions About Service

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Sexual Health

I am sexually active. How can CHC help me?

CHC offers extensive wellness and health promotion services.  This includes thorough sexual health risk assessment and guidance for you on the best ways to be safe and protect yourself from unplanned pregnancy and STIs if you choose to be sexually active. We offer STI testing (some free testing is available for certain demographics), birth control, STI prevention, etc.

What STI’s will I be tested for at CHC?

Routine STI screening includes Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV.  We encourage Syphilis testing as well, but there is a small cost if you have no insurance ($16* if uninsured).  But the lab can also bill the insurance directly. *disclaimer: prices may change at any time.

How common are STI’s among college students? What are the most common STI’s in college students?

About half of sexually active people under age 25 will get an STI at some point and time, and most have no symptoms. If you are now, or have ever been sexually active, you should get tested.

Chlamydia is the most common STI, and there are often no symptoms. That’s why getting tested is so important for both men and women. If Chlamydia goes untreated, it can cause problems with fertility, making it difficult to have a child when a person is ready to do so.

2015 and 2016 reported cases of STDs among Detroit residents age 20-24, rates range between 0.1% and 4%. A rate is often presented as cases per 100,000 population rather than a percent. Note that 2016 data are provisional and will change as more complete information becomes available.

-Reported CasesPer 100,000Perfect (Per 100)
2015 new chlamydia2,3444,218.34.2%
2015 new gonorrhea 6421,155.31.2%
2015 new syphilis (Primary and Secondary)1934.20.03%
2015 new HIV diagnoses77138.60.1%
2016 new chlamydia (est)3,4526,212.26.2%
2016 new gonorrhea (est)1,1532,074.92.1%
2016 new syphilis (Primary and Secondary est)2239.60.04%
2016 new HIV diagnoses (est) 59106.20.1%
2015 Census population estimate 55,568

Anyone is at risk of contracting an STI if they don’t protect themselves.

How often should I get tested?

At least once per year, if you are sexually active. Your healthcare provider may recommend more frequent testing depending on risk behaviors (previous infections, number of partners, new partners, etc.).

I hear so many of my friends say they’re safe so they’ll never get an STI. Is that true? Who is most at risk of contracting STIs?

Anyone having sex is at risk of getting an STI.

Are condoms the best option for men and if so, does the size of the condom matter?

Yes, having the wrong size condom can affect effectiveness. Condoms are not just for pregnancy prevention, but about STI protection as well.

I always forget to take the pill. Are there other options?

Yes. We offer a variety of contraception methods. Options include Oral Contraceptive Pills, Vaginal Ring, Depoprovera Shot, Nexplanon Implant, and IUDs (intrauterine devices – Mirena, Skyla, and Paraguard).  Schedule an appointment with one of the providers at CHC to discuss which options is right for you!

What’s the most effective birth control?

Most effective100% effectiveAbstinence
-Over 99% effectiveImplant, IUD, Male & Female Sterilization
-~ 88-94% effectiveShot, Pill, Patch, Ring
-~ 82% effectiveMale & female condom
-~ 73-82% effectiveWithdrawal
-~76% effective Calendar method
Least effective~15% effective No birth control method at all

I hear a lot about HPV these days. Should I get an HPV vaccine? Where can I get the HPV vaccine?

YES – we highly recommend the HPV vaccine for women and men through age 26.  You can get it at the Campus Health Center or your Primary Care Provider.  CHC carries Gardasil -9 which protects against 9 different strains of the HPV virus.

If you don’t have insurance, there is a way to get the HPV and other vaccines at a discounted rate. Call us at 313.577.5041 to learn more.

I heard CHC offers free STI testing. Is this true?

Currently enrolled Wayne State students up to age 24 may qualify for free STI testing. This free testing is available through a program offered by the State of Michigan.  We promote this testing as a program called GYT: Get Yourself Tested.

Each semester, we have weekly GYT testing days for students.  GYT testing day is subject to change per semester; Please call CHC to make an appointment at 313.577.5041.

If you are having any type of symptoms, you will need to be seen by one of the Nurse Practitioners.  You may still be eligible to receive free (no cost) testing for STIs, but there may be additional costs based on what all you may need during your visit.

If you do not qualify for free testing, we are happy to ensure you receive any care you may need, please call the Campus Health Center at 313.577.5041 to make an appointment.

What is the condom club?

The Condom Club: $5.00 for a punch card redeemable for 50 condoms total. You can get 5 or a maximum of 10 condoms at a time. Stop in at CHC to purchase at our front desk, no appointment needed.

Many different male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, flavored condoms, glow in the dark, and of course LATEX FREE! There’s no excuse!

It never expires, and if you lose your card, that is fine – we keep a database of condom club members.

Can I redeem my full condom card to get all 50 condoms at once?

Unfortunately, you cannot collect all 50 condoms at one time. The condom club allows you to come in to get 5 or a maximum of 10 condoms at a time.

How many condom club cards can I buy per semester?

There is no limit to the number of condom club cards you can purchase per semester. You must purchase one at a time and collect 5 or a maximum of 10 condoms per visit. You may not purchase condom club cards for other people, and you must show your One Card to purchase and redeem your punches.

I lost my condom card. What do I do?

If you lose your card, that is fine – we keep a database of condom club members. Just come in with your OneCard and we will verify your purchase in our database.

 

Health Promotion

How do I make a Request for CHC to deliver a Health Program?

Please fill out the Request a Health Program form to submit your request.  We will respond within 72 hours.

Please give two weeks’ notice for your event.

I need a healthcare professional to deliver a presentation for me tomorrow! Can you help?

We require that all requests be submitted two weeks prior to the event. This allows us time to prepare and schedule the event in our calendar. If you need an urgent event, please call 313.577.5041 and we will do our very best to meet your special request.

What are your health presentations about?

We have a number of health programs related to a number of Wayne State student needs. All our programs will take no more than one hour to deliver.

Our Health Programming Menu will outline all the health programs we offer. If you have a special request for a program we do not offer, simply put that in the request form or give us a call.

How long will your presentation be?

All our programs will take no more than one hour to deliver. We have a question and answer period, a game, and a presentation. We ask that you allot two hours in total for the program to allow for ample time, but we can certainly run the entire program in one hour.

I see your topics of health programs, but I have a special request. What do I do?

Thanks for looking at our Programming Menu. Please fill out the Request a Health Program form with your special health programming request.

At times, your request may only vary slightly from a current program. If this is the case, we can certainly work with you to deliver an exceptional presentation.

If it is not similar to one of our current programs and we feel that it would be a topic that would benefit other students and groups, and be a good addition to our existing menu, we will develop a new program. Program development is time-consuming and new programs are usually not available until the following semester.

I want to have someone at CHC talk to me or a group I am associated with about health topics. Is this possible?

Yes. The Campus Health Center has health programming specifically for various student organizations, residence hall requirements, and other needs here on Wayne’s campus.

Our Health Programming Menu will outline all of the health programs we offer.

 

Please fill out the Request a Health Program form to submit your request.

 

Disease Information

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Zika Virus

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

What are the symptoms of the Zika Virus?

About one in five people infected with Zika virus will have symptoms. This means 80% of people do not even know they are infected! The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, and people rarely die.

How is Zika transmitted?

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that spread Chikungunya and dengue. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and they can also bite at night.

The Zika Virus is now believed to also be spread sexually. There is not much known yet about the sexual transmission of the virus, so anyone who has travelled to a high risk/infected area, is strongly advised to wear condoms 100% of the time with ALL sexual contact to avoid spreading this virus to others.

Who is at risk of being infected?

Anyone who lives in or travels to an area where Zika virus is found and has not already been infected with Zika virus can get it from mosquito bites.

Where is the Zika Virus normally found?

As of February 1, 2016, local transmission has been identified in at least 25 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico. Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries. Zika virus will continue to spread and it will be difficult to determine how the virus will spread over time.

If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site for the most updated travel information.

Is the Zika Virus in the US?

As of February 2, 2016, one case of locally acquired and sexually transmitted Zika virus infection was confirmed in a patient in Texas.

Cases of the Zika Virus have been reported in returning travelers. Locally transmitted Zika virus has been reported in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and America Samoa.

With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase. These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States.

If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site for the most updated travel information.

I’m going to an infected Zika Virus destination for Spring Break. What do I do?

Ultimately, you need to decide whether or not you want to travel to an area with reported cases of the Zika Virus or high risk areas. When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective.

Always follow the product label instructions.

Reapply insect repellent as directed.

Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.

If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.

I am pregnant, may be pregnant, or am trying to get pregnant. Will the Zika Virus affect me or my unborn baby?

Until more is known, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant:

Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

Women trying to become pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

Because specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are difficult to determine and likely to change over time, CDC will update this travel notice as information becomes available. Check CDC’s Zika Travel Information website frequently for the most up-to-date recommendations.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

For more information about the Zika Virus and pregnancy, please visit the CDC website.

What is the treatment for Zika?

There is no vaccine or specific medicine to treat Zika virus infections.

Treat the symptoms:

Get plenty of rest.

Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.

Take medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.

Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

Is there a vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika?

No. There is no vaccine to prevent infection or medicine to treat Zika.

Should everyone who traveled to an area with Zika be tested for the virus?

See your healthcare provider if you travelled (this includes if you are pregnant) and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a country where Zika virus cases have been reported. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled.

What should I do if I have Zika?

Treat the symptoms:

Get plenty of rest.

Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.

Take medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.

Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Protect others: During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another person through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people. To help prevent others from getting sick, avoid mosquito bites during the first week of illness.

See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a place where Zika has been reported. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled.

The Zika Virus is now believed to also be spread sexually. There is not much known yet about the sexual transmission of the virus, so anyone who has travelled to a high risk/infected area, is strongly advised to always wear condoms to avoid spreading this virus to others.

Is this a new virus?

No. Outbreaks of Zika previously have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika virus likely will continue to spread to new areas. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. Since that time, local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories.

Where can I get additional information and resources?

 

Ebola

Please read this message from Wayne State University president, M. Roy Wilson regarding Ebola.

If you are a WSU student and have travelled to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone and/or have had close contact with someone known to be infected with Ebola within the past 21 days, do not come into the Campus Health Center – call first, 313.577.5041 M-F, 9am-6pm. If you need assistance after hours or on the weekend, call your local Emergency Room.

Ebola Basics

Ebola is NOT spread by:

Casual Contact

Air

Water

Food Grown Legally in the US

How do you get Ebola?

Direct contact with:

Body fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola (blood, vomit, urine, feces, sweat, semen, spit, etc.)

Objects contaminated with the virus (needles, medical equipment)

Infected fruit bats or primates

Early Symptoms

Fever

Headache

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Stomach pain

Unexplained bleeding or bruising

Muscle pain

When is someone able to spread the disease to others?

Ebola only spreads when people are sick. A patient must have active symptom to spread the disease to others.

*Information from: cdc.gov/ebola

What is Campus Health Center doing about Ebola?

Campus Health Center is monitoring the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for infection prevention on college campuses.

Am I at risk for Ebola?

If you haven’t been in an Ebola-affected area in West Africa during the last 21 days or had close contact with someone who is sick with Ebola, you are NOT at risk for Ebola.

How do I tell if I have Ebola or Flu?

Seasonal influenza and Ebola virus infection can cause some similar symptoms. However, of these viruses, you are far more likely to have Influenza, or Flu. Influenza is very common. Millions of people are infected, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from flu each year. In the United States, fall and winter is the time for flu. While the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary, outbreaks often begin in October and can last as late as May. In the United States, there have been two travel-associated cases of Ebola and two locally (in Texas) acquired cases of Ebola among healthcare workers.

Where can I get additional information and resources?

 

Tuberculosis

What is Tuberculosis (TB)?

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal.

TB is spread through the air from one person to another. The TB bacteria are put into the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe in these bacteria and become infected.

Not everyone infected with TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions exist: latent TB infection and TB disease.

Why does Wayne State University (WSU) require international students be screened for TB?

WSU is committed to keeping its students healthy. Many countries have high rates of TB, which is a serious disease that can be highly contagious. TB screening helps to keep you and your fellow students healthy. WSU Policy and Procedures

When do I have the TB screening done?

You will have the TB screening within a few days of your arrival at Wayne State University, before you start classes.

The Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS), English Language Institute (ELI) or Study Abroad departments will either:

arrange for your TB screening and tell you when your appointment is OR

advise you to call CHC to schedule your TB screening appointment

Where do I go for my TB screening?

You will either go to the Campus Health Center (CHC) or another location on WSU’s campus for your TB screening.

If OISS, ELI or Study Abroad makes the arrangements, they will tell you where to go. Usually in this case, students go together in groups for the TB screening.

If you schedule your TB screening appointment on your own, you will go to CHC for the screening.

What should I expect at my TB screening appointment?

You will receive forms from OISS, ELI or Study Abroad to complete and bring to your TB screening appointment. Someone from one of these departments or CHC will help you complete the forms.

A nurse from CHC will sit down with you to review your forms and ask you some questions about your health and countries you have lived in and/or visited.

You will either be given a “waiver” (stating that you do not need the TB blood test) to give to OISS/ELI/Study Abroad OR the nurse will take a small blood sample to test for TB infection.

Why do some students have to get a blood test and some students get a “waiver”?

Students who are from, or have spent more than 30 days, in a country with high TB rates are required to have a blood sample drawn to test for TB infection, since they are more likely to have been exposed to TB at some point in their life.

Students who have not spent more than 30 days in a country with high TB rates may receive a “waiver”, meaning their chance of having been exposed to TB is very low.

How do I prepare for my TB test appointment?

Eat a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water the day of your TB screening. Try to drink plenty of water for a few days before your appointment as well. This will ensure that you are well-hydrated, which makes the blood test much easier. Eating a healthy breakfast will help to ensure that you feel well during and after your test.

How do I get my blood test results?

You can pick up your test results at CHC a few days after your blood test. The nurse who draws your blood will tell you exactly when your results will be available for you to pick up.

What do my blood test results mean?

The TB blood test has 3 possible results:

NEGATIVE: There is no sign of TB infection. No further follow up is required.

BORDERLINE: Results are uncertain; a repeat blood test is required in 4-6 weeks

POSITIVE: The TB germ (bacteria) is present, indicating likely TB infection. See below.

What IF my blood test is positive?

The CHC nurse will contact you right away and arrange for you to have a chest x-ray to make sure there is no active TB disease in your lungs. The nurse will ask you some more questions about your health and how you are feeling. If you are having symptoms suggestive of TB disease, you may be asked to submit a sputum specimen. If your chest x-ray and sputum specimen (if required) is normal (no active TB disease found) and you are feeling fine (no signs & symptoms of active TB disease), the nurse will give you a TB clearance so you can continue taking classes. The nurse will talk to you about taking medicine for latent TB infection.

**Having TB will NOT affect your visa or student status. Students who have TB infection are not discriminated against in any way. WSU must report cases of active TB disease (not latent TB infection) to county health departments for investigation of possible transmission to others. Otherwise, health records at WSU are confidential and cannot be released without patient consent. Your TB test result will not appear on your academic documents.**

Can I have my TB test done in my home country, before I arrive at WSU?

WSU will only accept TB screening performed at WSU’s Campus Health Center. If you have had TB testing done recently, bring all documentation with you and the CHC nurse will review it to determine if additional testing is needed.

I received the BCG vaccine as a child. Will it interfere with the TB blood test?

No. The BCG vaccine (given in some countries with high TB rates) will not interfere with the TB blood test (IGRA/T-Spot).

 

Influenza aka “The Flu”

What are symptoms of the flu?

The Flu is caused by any one of many Influenza Viruses.

Signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly, and can include some or all of the following:

  • coughing
  • sore throat,
  • fever
  • chills
  • body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • runny/stuffy nose

Most healthy people who get the flu will recover in a week or two. However, some people will develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia. The flu can worsen existing health problems like asthma, diabetes and congestive heart failure. Other complications caused by flu include bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.

Resources:
CDC – Facts
CDC – Symptoms

Is this expected to be another bad flu season?

Flu seasons are unpredictable year to year. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.

Resources

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the shoulder muscle. It contains 3-4 seasonal influenza strains. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against 3-4 strains of influenza virus that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Where can I get a flu shot?

The Campus Health Center offers flu shots at no out of pocket cost to all WSU students (even online students). You can get your flu shot at CHC by doing one of the following:

If there is no charge for the flu shot for WSU students, why is my insurance information collected? What if I don’t have insurance?

There is no out-of-pocket charge to Wayne State students for flu shots. However, we may bill your health insurance for the cost of the flu shot and administration. Students are never charged regardless of insurance coverage.

What type of flu vaccine does CHC give?

For the 2014-2015 flu season, CHC is giving the Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine. This is an intra-muscular injection, usually given in the deltoid (shoulder) muscle. This vaccine will help to protect you from the following 4 strains of influenza that are predicted to be most prevalent this flu season:

A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;

A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus;

B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus;

B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

What are the side effects of the flu shot?

Most people who receive the flu shot do not experience problems from it. Mild side effects that may occur from the flu shot are: Soreness, redness, or mild swelling where the shot was given. Some people also experience low grade fever, body aches and/or nausea.

Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot is given.

Resources:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Won’t the flu shot give me the flu?

No. The flu shot is made from inactivated (killed) flu virus that stimulates your immune system to create antibodies against 3-4 common strains of influenza. It cannot cause flu in the person who receives it.

Resources:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Will the flu shot prevent me from getting the “stomach flu”, colds and other common winter illness?

No. There are hundreds of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses. Flu vaccine protects against 3-4 strains of influenza that are predicted to be prevalent in the upcoming flu season. Illnesses commonly referred to as “Stomach Flu” or gastroenteritis that cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and/or vomiting are usually caused by germs that affect the stomach and/or intestines.

Resources:
CDC – Cold vs. Flu
CDC – Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines

I have more questions! Where else can I get information about the flu and staying healthy?

Contact the Campus Health Center! (313) 577-5041 or campushealth@wayne.edu

CDC – Flu
flu.gov
CDC – Everyday Preventative

 

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About NP’s

What is a nurse practitioner (NP)?

NPs can assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans – including prescribing medications. They provide primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of life, and have been doing so for nearly half a century.

Take a look at this very interesting nurse practitioner infographic, developed by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

What qualifications does a nurse practitioner (NP) have?

NPs undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. NPs lead and participate in both professional and lay health care forums, conduct research and apply findings to clinical practice. To learn more about NP qualifications, please visit: American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

What sort of education or training have nurse practitioners (NPs) undergone?

All NPs must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings. To learn more please visit: American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

How long have nurse practitioners (NPs) been providing health care?

The first NPs were educated at the University of Colorado in 1965 and programs soon spread across the U.S. As of January 2015, there are approximately 205,000 licensed NPs. Close to 15,000 new NPs are prepared each year at over 325 colleges and universities.

Can nurse practitioners (NPs) work anywhere in the US?

NPs are licensed in all states and the District of Columbia, and practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they are licensed.

Can nurse practitioners (NPs) work in a hospital?

NPs work in most health care settings across the United States, including clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or NP practices, nursing homes, schools, colleges, and public health departments.

What can nurse practitioners (NPs) treat?

Autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals and other individuals, NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including:

  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays.
  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries.
  • Prescribing medications and other treatments.
  • Managing patients’ overall care.
  • Counseling.
  • Educating patients on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices.

To learn more about exactly what NPs do, please visit: American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Are nurse practitioners (NPs) the same as doctors?

No. Doctors and NPs are different, and both professions undergo different educational requirements and training. However, there is often overlap between what a doctor can do and what a NP can do.

With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients’ out-of-pocket costs.

Can nurse practitioners (NPs) prescribe medications?

Yes. Most NPs have the ability to prescribe medications and perform other diagnostic tests.