News and Announcements

IMPORTANT VAPING ANNOUNCEMENT

Situation:

Vaping related Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome disproportionally affecting teenagers and young adults.

Background:

As of September 19, 530 people in 38 states have become sickened with a noninfectious lung illness linked to vaping THC or nicotine.  Virginia is among those states.  Approximately ½ of these patients have required hospitalization and over 6 have died.  A majority of these cases are affecting teenagers and young adults.  The illnesses are still unexplained. 

Assessment:

It is unclear why vaping is causing acute lung injury and why its affecting otherwise young healthy people at a higher rate.

Recommendation:

Radford University Student Health recommends anyone who vapes, stops.  Since the exact cause is still unknown, any vaping is potentially unsafe.  If you develop shortness of breath, cough or chest pain and are vaping, seek medical attention either at Radford Univeristy Student Health or with a local health care facility. 

Flu Season 2019-2020

Flu season 2019-2020 has offically begun. The Flu Vaccine is now available at Student Health. The Flu Vaccine is FREE with insurance or $20 cash price. Please make yourself familiar with the signs and symptoms of the flu listed below. If you are sick with these symptoms please contact the Student Health Center for a flu test. 


Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Feeling weak or more tired than usual
  • Headache 
  • Chills
  • Body Aches

In addition, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention encourage the following steps be taken to prevent illness as well as stop the spread of germs:

  • Get a flu shot! The Flu Vaccine is NOW available at Student Health
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth
  • Disinfect all surfaces at home, work or school often. (We recommend Lysol wipes.)
  • Drink plenty of fluids and get your rest.

For more information regarding the flu in our area, visit the Virginia Department of Health's website.

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Public Health Hero Award 

Radford University Student Health was recognized for outstanding public health services of the New River Valley by the Virginia Department of Health and Dr. Noelle Bissell, Health Director. National Public Health Week was from April 1-7. Radford University Student Health supports the New River Health District’s program and mission to have the healthiest state in the nation. For more information please visit the website: www.nphw.org.

Picture left to right: Judith Cox DNP, Thomas Knisely DO, Meredith Peters PA, Debbie Cline NP, Wendy Gilmore LPN, Kristina Williams LPN.