Respiratory Illness Updates
Sore throats, coughs, runny noses…
SHS is seeing a high demand for appointments for students with symptoms of upper respiratory illnesses. Did you know most colds, flu, COVID-19, sinusitis, and tonsillitis can be treated with over-the-counter medications and do not require a visit to a health care provider? Check out our Self Care for Upper Respiratory Illness information to start feeling better!
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you have tested positive, you should take precautions and monitor for symptoms. Find out what steps to take for yourself and to help protect the campus community here.
Testing due to exposure, no symptoms: Home tests are available for purchase at the SHS pharmacy and other retail pharmacies. Many retail pharmacies also offer testing appointments.
Testing due to illness/COVID-19 symptoms: Students can contact SHS at (252) 328-6841 during business hours; employees should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Home tests are available for purchase at the SHS pharmacy and other retail pharmacies. Many retail pharmacies also offer testing appointments.
Testing charges at SHS will be filed to private insurance first if we have insurance information on file; please note, we currently cannot file government sponsored insurances and some Medicare plans. Any balance unpaid by insurance will be charged to a student’s cashier account.
Please note, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but test negative on a home test, please re-test 48 hours after your initial negative test. Guidance on using home tests for COVID-19 is available for more information.
SHS offers seasonal flu vaccine by appointment for students, staff, and faculty by calling (252) 328-6841 during regular business hours.
Flu cases have already been reported this season. The CDC has great information about flu, including prevention, symptoms, and treatment.
If you have symptoms of the flu and need medical advice, call us at (252) 328-6841; often symptoms can be managed with over the counter medications, but those with underlying health conditions, chronic illness, pregnancy, or having severe or worsening symptoms should reach out to a medical provider.
COVID-19 bivalent boosters are no longer authorized in the United States. The new updated 2023-2024 booster will be available soon. SHS will post information about obtaining the new booster when it becomes available.