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University of Houston System Exposure Prevention Statement Regarding COVID-19

Posted: 03/05/2020

The University of Houston System has established this COVID-19 Exposure Prevention Statement regarding the management of students, faculty and staff following potential travel-related COVID-19 exposure. The UH System is taking this action to protect our community members from transmission of COVID-19. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving public health situation. UHS will continue to monitor any related updates provided by the CDC, the state and local public health authorities.


UH Public Health Update: Coronavirus Update​

Posted: 03/02/2020

The University of Houston continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease. We will continue to keep our community informed as developments occur. To date, we have not identified any cases at our UH campuses. However, as Coronavirus has become much more prominent in the United States and has begun to spread more rapidly through parts of Europe and Asia, it is incumbent upon all of us to remain aware and vigilant of this potentially serious public health threat.

Travel

The UH System is restricting travel to all countries for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning to avoid all nonessential travel related to Coronavirus. The CDC applies this warning to countries in which there is widespread community transmission. At this time, the CDC has issued the Level 3 Travel Warning to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. Due to rapidly changing conditions, anyone considering international travel is advised to monitor the CDC's Website for the latest updates regarding travel and COVID-19.

As Spring Break approaches, the University further recommends that everyone in the UH Community examine your personal travel plans and make changes or take precautions where necessary. The University encourages the UH Community to heed all U.S. Government travel warnings related to the novel coronavirus. In recent days, both the CDC and U.S. Department of State have expanded their warnings. Refer to these links to view the latest warnings:

About Coronavirus

Prevention continues to be the best protection for this as well as reducing your chance of contracting other respiratory illnesses caused by influenza, parainfluenza and RSV viruses. This includes staying home when you are sick, which cannot be emphasized enough. Professors will be flexible with students missing instruction or in-class assignments and tests.

In regard to this new Coronavirus and general preventive measures, we feel it is important for staff, faculty and students to:

  1. Always practice good hygiene: wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  3. Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  5. Get a flu shot.
  6. Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  7. Seek care and immediately notify the University Student Health Center and your health care provider if you have recently traveled to any country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning and are experiencing these symptoms.
  8. Stay home when you are sick.

The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this kind of virus is typically 10-14 days.  Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent coronavirus infections, including infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Seeking care

For Students: Those who have recently visited China or any of the newly identified affected areas (per ongoing travel advisory updates) and are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu, especially if symptoms worsen.  You can contact the Student Health Center at 713-743-5151 and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms to obtain further recommendations and guidance.  You may also consult with your regular health care provider or seek treatment at a local health center if you are overseas.

Faculty and staff who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home and contact their personal physician for further advice.

The University remains in regular contact with local, state and federal health officials for the latest information and will continue to provide updates to the UH Community when warranted.
For additional information about Coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to these links: The CDC’s website and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will also issue guidance for those planning to travel or who have recently returned.

In addition, all department, colleges and divisions should review their Continuity of Operations Plans.  Preparedness is key and knowing how you will continue essential functions during an interruption is vital. For more information on the Continuity of Operations Planning Program visit the Office of Emergency website.

For more information, including resources and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


HPV Recommendations

October 16, 2019

The Student Health Center recognizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently expanded its approval for the Gardasil 9 (HPV vaccine) for males and females aged 27 through 45.

The Student Health Center follows recommendations from both the FDA as well as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Please note, ACIP does not recommend routine use of this vaccine for males and females older than 26 years.

Student Health Center clinicians will approach HPV vaccine recommendation as shared clinical decision making with patients and may consider discussing HPV vaccination with males and females aged 27 through 45 who are most likely to benefit.

The UH-System endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan and most other insurance companies currently accept claims for this vaccine administered to the expanded age range.

References:

Crawford, C. (2019, July 3). ACIP Approves New Guidance on HPV, Pneumococcal Vaccines. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190703acipjunemtg.html.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for Adults: Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices | MMWR. (2019, August 15). Retrieved October 7, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6832a3.htm.​


Flu Shots

September, 2019

Flu shots are now available at the UH Student Health Center to all UH students, faculty and staff. Cost is $35.

No out-of-pocket cost for students enrolled in the UHS endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan.
Call 713-743-5151 or go to the
Healthy Coog Patient Portal for UH students to make an appointment.

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)
Why Get Vaccinated?
Vaccine Information Statement

Free HIV Testing

Posted 02/18/2020

The Student Health Center and Student Housing & Residential Life, in partnership with Harris County Public Health, will be hosting a Free HIV Testing event for UH students, faculty and staff on Thursday, February 20, 2020 and February 27, 2020.
Check out our calendar for more information.

UH Public Health Update: New Coronavirus

Updated:  01/28/2020

The University of Houston has been closely monitoring the emerging outbreak in China of the novel Coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV since its announcement to the public this month, and we maintain regular contact with local, state and federal health officials for the latest information.  Raising awareness and keeping the University community well informed of this rapidly evolving situation is very important.  Since the first case was identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, there have been a growing number of reported cases including several in the United States. We have not identified any cases at our UH campuses.  There have been no reported cases in Texas at this time. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this new Coronavirus to be a serious public health threat, they consider the immediate risk to the American public to be low at this time.

In regard to this new Coronavirus and general preventive measures, we feel it is important for staff, faculty and students to:

  1. Recognize the symptoms of this illness which may include a high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, similar to what you may feel with the flu or a bad cold.
  2. Seek care and immediately notify the University if you have recently traveled within China and are experiencing these symptoms.
  3. Always practice good hygiene, wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  4. Make sure to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid personal contact with sick people.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, shared items; and lastly,
  6. Get a flu shot.

​The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for this kind of virus is typically 10-14 days.  Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent coronavirus infections, including infections with 2019-nCoV.

Seeking care

For Students

Those who have recently visited China and are experiencing influenza-like illness, with a fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu, especially if symptoms worsen.  You can contact the Student Health Center at 713-743-5151 and identify yourself as having flu-like symptoms.  You may also consult with your regular health care provider or seek treatment at a local health center if you are overseas.

Faculty and staff who are ill with flu-like symptoms should stay home and contact their personal physician for further advice.

Travel

The University encourages the UH Community to heed U.S. Government warnings related to travel in China due to the uncertainty about where and how rapidly the virus is spreading, as well as limited capacity to assist travelers impacted by travel disruption or quarantine while abroad. The CDC currently recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to the Hubei Province, China including Wuhan and to follow new developments here. In addition, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory to reconsider travel to China.

For additional information about Coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, and what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms, please refer to the links below.  The CDC's website and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will also issue guidance for those planning to travel or who have recently returned.


Welcome Students

Spring 2020

To those who are new to the University of Houston, we would like to welcome you to our campus. If you are returning this term, welcome back.

Our aim is to assist you with your health-related questions and needs in the most accommodating and respectful way possible. We offer convenient and easily accessible comprehensive primary healthcare to the University of Houston students.


UH Public Health Update: New Coronavirus

January 23, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of catching a viral-induced respiratory infection (including influenza) by doing the following: wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands avoid close contact with people who are sick More information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flu Shot Clinic

October 16, 2019

The UH Student Health Center and Campus Pharmacy, in partnership with HEB Pharmacy, will host a flu shot clinic available to all enrolled UH students on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Commercial insurance accepted or Self-Pay option is available.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mobile Mammography Screening with The Rose

September 25, 2019

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This fall, the University of Houston will once again partner with The Rose  to deliver on site mammograms to those women who have yet to get their annual screening.


Fall Family Weekend
Student Health Center Open House featuring FREE Flu Shots

Friday, October 11, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (walk-in only)

What better way to keep healthy and successful this academic year than to get vaccinated against influenza. Free flu shots will be available to currently enrolled self-pay UH students (18 and older) with valid ID. Available while supplies last. Students enrolled in the UH endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan may receive the flu shot with no out-of-pocket cost.

Find out more about services we offer: General Medical Clinic, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Lab and Pharmacy Services.

UH Students may register for a chance to win a prize in our Fall 2019 drawing.


Student Health Insurance Plan Open Enrollment Extension

September 23, 2019

Due to the inclement weather on September 18, 2019- September 20, 2019, the enrollment period of the Student Health Insurance Plan will remain open through Friday, September 27, 2019.


Welcome Students

To those who are new to the University of Houston, we would like to welcome you to our campus. If you are returning this term, welcome back.

Our aim is to assist you with your health-related questions and needs in the most accommodating and respectful way possible. We offer convenient and easily accessible comprehensive primary healthcare to the University of Houston students.


STI Screening

September, 2019

As part of Sexual Health Awareness Month, the Student Health Center is offering an STI Screening package for asymptomatic (without symptoms) self-pay students. Appointments are required.

Routine screening package for asymptomatic (without symptoms) students includes:

  • Pre-counseling consult with a provider (no physical exam)
  • Lab testing for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B & C
  • $80.00 for Self-Pay Students

Schedule your appointment here.

(Appointment times will vary and may not be available during all clinic hours)


Higi Station

March, 2019

Our thanks to Hallie Vanderhider, this year’s Houston Chair of the American Heart Association Go Red For Women Campaign, for generously providing our campus with a brand new higi™ station.

All UH students, staff, and faculty now have free and convenient access to this machine which tracks blood pressure, pulse, weight, and BMI. The University of Houston is the first college campus to have one!

The higi™ station is located near the UH Student Health Center and Campus Pharmacy at the Wheeler Street entrance of the Health 2 Building. Come check it out and see just how easy it is to measure numbers that are important to your health.

higi station


Measles
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines measles as a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people around this individual could potentially become infected if they are not protected.


Case of Tuberculosis on Campus
The Houston Health Department has informed the University of Houston and UH Student Health Center leadership that an individual on this campus is being treated for active tuberculosis (TB).

Flu Season

The Student Health Center strongly encourages University of Houston students, faculty and staff to take preventative measures to limit the spread of flu by getting an annual flu shot and practicing good health habits.

HPV Vaccine Recommendations

November, 2018

The Student Health Center recognizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently expanded its approval for the Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine up for males and females up to 45 years of age.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) should be reviewing the expanded age range and determine if the changes will be included in the 2019 immunization schedule.

The Student Health Center follows the ACIP approved immunization schedule which DOES NOT include the expanded age range at this time. The Student Health Insurance Plan and most other insurance companies will not currently accept claims for this vaccine administered to the expanded age range.

Background Application for Expanded Age Indication for 9-valent HPV Vaccine