[ skip to content ]


Flu Clinic: 10-17-13

A Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Thursday, 10/17/13 at Student Health Services from 10am-noon and 1-4:30pm. The cost will be $10 and will be billed to your student account. Please bring your ODU student ID. Walk-ins are welcome or you may call to schedule an appointment at 757-683-3132.

Student Health Services
1007 South Webb Center


MUMPS in Virginia

There have been some cases of mumps at local universities in Richmond. It is a contagious illness that can cause outbreaks, especially in school or residential settings since it may spread from person-to-person. Mumps is a viral illness caused by the mumps virus. Symptoms of mumps include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both side of the face
  • Muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite
  • Swelling of the testicles in 20-30% of males

The MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps. The MMR vaccine is routinely given when children are 12-15 months old and a second dose at age 4-6. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are more effective against mumps than one dose and prevent most, but not all, cases of mumps and mumps complications. People born before 1957 most likely have already had mumps.

Symptoms of mumps may appear 12-25 days after exposure, and people with mumps are contagious from 3 days before until 5 days after the onset of swelling of the salivary glands.

Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Treatment for mumps is supportive to relieve symptoms such as pain relievers (acetaminophen), warm salt water gargles, soft food, and extra fluids.

CDC recommends that people with mumps stay home from work or school for 5 days after glands begin to swell and to avoid close contact with people in their household. For more information about mumps, see: www.cdc.gov/mumps or http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/factsheets/Mumps.htm

Transition to Electronic Medical Records

We appreciate your patience as we transition to electronic medical records the week of July 16, 2012. There may be some delays in providing services initially, so you may want to allow additional time in your schedule for an appointment. Thank you.

Student Health Services Staff

Health Promotion Has Moved

The new location for Health Promotion services is 1525 North Webb Center, just down the hall from the OCCS Technical Support Center. Condom sales are now in the new location. We ask for your patience as we transition to our new space. For more information or to reach a health educator, please call 757-683-5927.

10 Health Tips for Student Success

  1. EAT BREAKFAST. Whether you're rolling out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class, make sure you start your day off with a healthy meal to give you energy and help you concentrate on your school work and not your growling stomach.
  2. TRY TO EAT HEALTHY. Even if fruits and vegetables aren't your favorite foods, try to incorporate at least a few of them into your diet each day AND limit the amount of junk food you eat. Sugary foods may taste yummy, but can leave you feeling sluggish.
  3. WORK IN WALKING. Make walking your main form of transportation on campus. There's no better way to work exercise into a busy schedule than walking at a brisk pace around campus.
  4. RELIEVE STRESS THROUGH EXERCISE. Spend some time at the Recreation and Wellness Center. It's free for ODU students. Regular exercise can help with stress reduction. Find an activity that you like or take a group fitness class.
  5. GET A FLU SHOT. Getting the flu in college can really set you back. Avoid the fever, aches, fatigue and cough associated with the flu. Student Health offers flu shots at low cost to all ODU students.

6. BE PREPARED FOR & TRY TO PREVENT MINOR ILLNESS AND INJURIES. Having a thermometer, Tylenol, a decongestant and cough syrup will help you to take care of yourself if you get a cold. Some antibiotic ointment (like bacitracin) and some bandaids will be helpful for minor cuts. It's also important to remember to wash your hands - studies have shown that simple hand washing can help prevent a large number of illnesses.

7. ALCOHOL & GPA DO NOT MIX. Studies have shown that as alcohol consumption increases, GPA decreases. Don't risk your academic success by consuming alcohol irresponsibly.

8. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Without sleep, you're not going to be able to concentrate well enough to get the most out of your classes.

9. GET TESTED. Know your status for sexually transmitted infections by getting tested. Practice safe sex by using protection correctly and consistently. Condoms are sold at the health center for a small fee and each time you visit the lobby you can pick-up 3 condoms for free! STI testing is also available at Student Health Services.

10. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES IS HERE FOR YOU! If you have a health concern, schedule an appointment by calling 757-683-3132. The health center also offers FREE health promotion programs throughout the year! Remember: Student Health Services is open late on Mondays until 7pm and for more urgent health concerns after hours call 757-683-4000!

Mandatory Immunization Requirements

In addition to receiving U.S. mail letters and/or email notices for incomplete university immunization requirements, students can now view future immunization requirement holds on Banner prior to the start date of the immunization hold. The Fall semester holds are effective 9/15 and the Spring semester holds are effective 1/25. The hold will be placed by Student Health Center nurses once the student's record is reviewed and found to be incomplete. A hold will block student registration for second semester. Current or future holds can be viewed by logging into the Leo Online secure area from the University's home page and select to view holds.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The State Health Commissioner has notified clinicians about a significant increase in pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in Virginia and throughout the US. From January to August of 2010 there has been a 16% increase in the number of reported cases in Virginia compared to the same time last year. Many other states are showing increases as well. California declared a pertussis epidemic and has just confirmed its tenth infant death resulting from this disease. Adolescents and adults often are the source of infection for infants too young to be protected by vaccination.

Key facts include:

  • Coughing fits due to pertussis infection can last for up to 10 weeks or more; sometimes known as the "100 day cough".
  • Pertussis can cause serious illness in infants, children and adults and can even be life-threatening, especially in infants.
  • The most effective way to prevent pertussis is through vaccination with DTaP for infants and children and with Tdap for pre-teens, teens and adults-protection from the childhood vaccine fades over time.
  • Since the 1980s, there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of pertussis in the US, especially among 10-19 year olds and infants younger than 6 months of age.
  • Pertussis is also known as "whooping cough" because of the "whooping" sound that is made when gasping for air after a fit of coughing.
  • More than half of infants less than 1 year of age who get pertussis must be hospitalized.
  • Vaccination of pre-teens, teens and adults with Tdap is especially important for families with new infants.
  • Pertussis is easily transmissible with an 80% secondary attack rate among susceptible close contacts.
  • Pertussis is generally treated with antibiotics, which are used to control the symptoms and to prevent infected people from spreading the disease.

For these reasons, ODU encourages students who have not yet had a Tdap vaccine to be vaccinated. For more information on pertussis (whooping cough), see www.cdc.gov/pertussis.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in theUnited States. It is estimated that about 20 million people in the U.S. are infected, and about 6.2 million more get infected each year. HPV is spread through sexual contact. Most HPV infections don't cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. But persistent infection with certain HPV strains can cause cervical cancer in women and other less common cancers in men and women. HPV can also cause genital warts. More than 50% of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at sometime in their lives.

For more information on how to get the HPV vaccine (Gardasil), see (SHS website address)

Vaccines can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV. HPV vaccines are given in three doses over six months. It is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. The vaccines are most effective when given before a person's first sexual contact, when he or she could be exposed to HPV.

  • Girls and women: Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. One of these vaccines (Gardasil) also protects against most genital warts. Gardasil has also been shown to protect against anal, vaginal and vulvar cancers. Both vaccines are recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls, and for females 13 through 26 years of age, who did not get any or all of the doses when they were younger.
  • Boys and men: One vaccine (Gardasil) protects males against most genital warts and anal cancers. This vaccine is recommended for boys aged 11 or 12 years, and for males aged 13 through 21 years of age, who did not get any or all of the three recommended doses when they were younger. Young men, 22 through 26 years of age, may get the vaccine. This vaccine is also recommended for men who have sex with men (MSM) and immunocompromised males through age 26 years, who did not get any or all of the doses when they were younger.

For those who choose to be sexually active, condoms may lower the risk of HPV infection. To be most effective, they should be used with every sex act, from start to finish. Condoms may also lower the risk of developing HPV-related diseases, such as genital warts and cervical cancer. But HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom - so condoms may not fully protect against HPV.

People can also lower their chances of getting HPV by being in a faithful relationship with one partner; limiting their number of sex partners; and being with a partner who has had no or few prior sex partners. But even people with only one lifetime sex partner can get HPV. And it may not be possible to determine if a partner who has been sexually active in the past is currently infected. Not having sex is the only sure way to avoid HPV.

For more information, see: http://www.cdc.gov/hpv/

How to Get the HPV Vaccine (Gardasil)

If you are an ODU student interested in getting the HPV vaccine (Gardasil), you can get it by scheduling an appointment at Student Health Services.

Our staff can either:

  1. Administer the vaccine using our supply (See Fee Schedule). The vaccine is a 3-dose series of shots given over 6 months. We do not bill insurance. You would be responsible for payment. The university's late fees would apply if not paid within 30 days.
  2. Write a prescription for the vaccine to take to a pharmacy of your choice. You would be responsible for paying your pharmacy co-pays at the pharmacy. After the prescription is filled, you would need to schedule an appointment for the injection. We would charge only our injection fee (See Fee Schedule).

Prices are subject to change.

Students who are uninsured and under age 19 may be able to get the vaccine through their local health department under the Vaccine for Children program.

Students with insurance should check with their insurance plan to see if the vaccine is covered. If so, schedule an appointment with an in-network health care provider. Student Health Services is usually considered an out-of-network provider.

For more information on the vaccine, see http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-hpv.pdf.

To schedule an appointment for the vaccine, call (757)683-3132 and let the receptionist know which of the 2 options above you need.

Over-the-Counter Plan B Now Available

Plan B (or "the morning after pill") is now available over-the-counter without a prescription at many pharmacies. It will be kept behind the counter and will be dispensed only to individuals 17 years of age and above.

Plan B is meant to be used only for emergency contraception and should be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Student Health Services will continue to carry Plan B. ODU students 17 years of age and older can obtain Plan B at Student Health without an appointment. If you need emergency contraception, come to the Student Health Center during normal working hours and let the receptionist know that you need Plan B. You will be required to show a picture ID (such as a driver's license) to verify your age. Plan B will be discretely dispensed to you at the front desk. It is important you read the instructions in the package insert. Your student account will be billed for Plan B or you can use Monarch Plus to pay for it. You will be asked to sign a form to acknowledge receipt of the medication. Students under 17 years of age can obtain Plan B at Student Health but will need to make a same day appointment to see a health care provider.

On weekends and holidays, when Student Health Services is closed, you now have the option and convenience of obtaining Plan B at many local pharmacies.

On weekends and holidays, students under the age of 17 who need emergency contraception should contact Campus Police at 683-4000 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Campus Police will contact the on-call clinician who will call the student.

For more information on emergency contraception, visit our website at:


Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance has become a major issue in health care throughout the world. Many important and serious bacterial infections in the U.S. are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria have an ability to adapt to reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics and allow them to survive and multiply. This limits our treatment choices, making it more difficult to care for and more expensive to treat these infections. These more virulent strains of bacteria can then be spread from person to person causing serious illness or even death.

In our own community, there have been cases of young, healthy people dying from pneumonia caused by resistant "streptococcus pneumoniae" bacteria. In addition, we are seeing more and more serious skin infections as a result of a resistant "staphylococcus aureus," (referred to as MRSA). Untreated, it can lead to more serious overwhelming infection.

Misuse and overuse of antibiotics promotes the development of these resistant bacteria. It is our responsibility as health care providers to educate the public and make the right choices when prescribing antibiotics. It is our patients' responsibility to work with us and understand that colds and viral illnesses do not require antibiotics.

Visit www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/community/antibiotic-resistance.htm to learn more about antibiotic resistance.

Travel Notice: Novel (New) Coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula & UK

CDC has issued a travel notice regarding Novel (New) Coronavirus in the Arabian Peninsula* and United Kingdom. This is a severe respiratory illness caused by novel (new) corona virus; a small number of cases have occurred in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the UK . The cases in UK appear linked to travel to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. This is a different virus than the corona virus that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003. Symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Although cases were first reported in April 2012, now there is evidence of some person-to-person transmission.

CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases. However, they do recommend that travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula* monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath within 10 days of traveling. They should tell the doctor about their recent travel.

Countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait,
Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), and Yemen.

For more information see CDC's novel coronavirus update at : http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


Getting to the Emergency Room

Student Health Services is not an emergency room. If you have ahealth emergency, and you live on-campus, call ODU Public Safety (Campus Police) at 757-683-4000 or 911. ODU Public Safety will respond and call an ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital (Sentara Norfolk General). If you live off-campus and have a health emergency, call 911.There is a charge for ambulance service in Norfolk which is your financial responsibility.

Getting to Student Health

The Health Center is conveniently located in the South Mall of Webb Center, first floor behind the food court. Student Health Services is unable to provide transportation to and from the Health Center or other medical appointments off-campus. Here are some suggestions for getting to Student Health:

  • Walk to Webb Center wearing comfortable shoes
  • Have a friend drive you and drop you off at Webb Center
  • Take the ODU campus shuttle if you live on campus (leaves every 5-7 minutes from numerous locations on-campus). For more information on the campus shuttle schedule and routes see ODU Parking & Transportation Services. For live GPS tracking of the shuttle buses see www.odutransit.com.

Getting to medical appointments off campus

Here are some resources for getting to medical appointments off campus if you don't have a car:

  • For information about HRT bus passes see the ODU Parking & Transporation Office.
  • Local cab companies in Norfolk provide a flat rate ($10 one-way) for students with a valid ODU student ID to certain medical facilities and pharmacies near campus. Call 757-853-7777.
  • Call 757-855-3344 to arrange for non-emergency transportation. Advance reservations and major credit cards are accepted.
  • Students with a smart phone can also download APP-a-CAB at www.appacab.us