Sore throats, coughs, runny noses…

Respiratory Illnesses

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!

Flu Information

SHS is seeing a lot of students with flu. Think you have the flu?

Think You May Have Flu?

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.

Still need a flu shot? It is not too late! SHS offers seasonal flu vaccine by appointment for students, staff, and faculty by calling (252) 328-6841 during regular business hours.



New COVID Guidance from CDC

The CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance on 3/1/24. The new guidance brings a unified approach to addressing risks from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause significant health impacts and strain on hospitals and health care workers. CDC is making updates to the recommendations now because the U.S. is seeing far fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 and because we have more tools than ever to combat flu, COVID, and RSV.

Read about the new guidance, including what to do if you or someone close to you has COVID-19, flu, or RSV. here


COVID Testing

Home tests for COVID-19 are available for purchase at the SHS pharmacy and other retail pharmacies. Many retail pharmacies also offer testing appointments.

Students who are ill and feel they need to see a health care provider can contact SHS at (252) 328-6841 during business hours; SHS can perform testing for common respiratory viruses based upon symptoms and duration of illness. Testing charges at SHS will be filed to private insurance first if we have insurance information on file. We file most insurances; 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 but test negative on a home test, please re-test 48 hours after your initial negative test. Guidance on using home tests for COVID is available for more information.

COVID Boosters

COVID 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.