Resources

  • Community Resources

    Medical Resources within the Community

    Additional Resources 

    The Health Center providers may prescribe medications to a student at the time of the visit and any incurred fees will be reviewed. If the medication is not in stock, a prescription will be given to obtain from a local pharmacy at the student's expense. Clinical Services is not a pharmacy, and cannot prescribe prescription medications for chronic illnesses. Many pharmaceutical manufacturers have special programs to assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs they need. Each company has its own program with its special requirements, forms, and procedures. Websites such as NeedyMeds may provide further assistance.

  • Coronavirus

    What is Coronavirus?

    It is a newly identified Coronavirus that causes symptoms of respiratory illness.  It was first identified in December 2019, in Wuhan, China. 

    What is the risk? 

    The New Coronavirus is considered a public health concern because it is so new, and the CDC continues to learn about this new virus.

    Recommendations

    The CDC recommends individuals who have developed respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) should visit their medical doctor.  Any KU students with concerns about symptoms should call the Health Center at 610-683-4082 for further instructions. 

    Prevention

    In an effort to try to prevent any contagious illness,

    • Wash hands frequently and before eating with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Avoid sharing cups, water bottles, utensils and other personal items.
    • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick.

    Helpful links are included below.  We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as necessary. 

    LINKS:

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

    Pennsylvania Department of Health
    https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

  • Flu

    What is flu?

    Flu, short for seasonal influenza, is a respiratory disease that is highly contagious, causing mild to severe symptoms. The flu is caused by the influenza virus which infects the throat, nose, and lungs.

    What are symptoms of flu?

    Symptoms of flu include:

    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • Stuffy or runny nose
    • Cough
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Muscle/ body aches

    Learn more about the flu.

    Recommendations

    Students experiencing symptoms should contact the KU Health Center, Beck Hall, for examination at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment.

    Prevention

    • Get yearly flu vaccines.
    • Avoid close contact with people that are sick.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
    • Stay home if you are not feeling well.

    Learn more about preventing the flu.

    Resources

    CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

  • Meningitis

    What is meningitis?

    Meningitis is the swelling of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. There are many different types of meningitis including bacterial, viral, chronic, fungal, and parasitic.

    What are symptoms of meningitis?

    Symptoms of meningitis include:

    • High fever
    • Neck stiffness
    • Abnormal headache
    • Vomiting and nausea
    • Light sensitivity
    • Loss of hunger or thirst
    • Skin rash

    Learn more about meningitis.

    Recommendations

    Students experiencing symptoms should contact the KU Health Center, Beck Hall, for examination at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment.

    Prevention

    • Vaccines are the most effective way to protect against certain types of meningitis.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Do not share drinks, food, toothbrushes, or ChapStick

    Learn more about preventing bacterial meningitis.

    Resources

    CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/

  • Monkeypox

    What is monkeypox?

    Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder.

    What are the symptoms of monkeypox? 

    Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches and backache
    • Swollen lymph nodes
    • Chills
    • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
    • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
      • The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

    Learn more about monkeypox signs and symptoms.

    Recommendations

    Students experiencing symptoms should contact the KU Health Center, Beck Hall, for examination at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment.

    Prevention

    • Avoid prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Monkeypox is often transmitted through prolonged, sustained physical contact, almost exclusively associated with sexual contact. Even if you feel well, there are ways to reduce your chances of being exposed to monkeypox if you are sexually active, including washing of bedding, towels and clothing. Read about them here.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.

      Learn more about preventing monkeypox.

    Resources

    CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/index.html.

  • Mumps

    What is Mumps? 

     Mumps is a contagious viral disease that results in swollen salivary glands, which commonly cause a swollen jaw and puffy, tender cheeks. Mumps is spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat. In most people, mumps is mild, it can cause serious, long-lasting problems, such as swelling of the reproductive organs and/or brain, meningitis, and/or loss of hearing; in very cases mumps can be fatal.

     What are the symptoms of Mumps?

     Symptoms typically appear around 16-18 days after infection but can range from 12-25 days after infection. 

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Tiredness
    • Loss of appetite

     Learn more about signs and symptoms of mumps.

     Recommendations 

    Students experiencing symptoms should contact the KU Health Center, Beck Hall, for examination at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing, and/or treatment.  

     Prevention 

     Receiving two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the most effective way to protect against mumps.

    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
    • Limit close contact with others while they are experiencing symptoms, including playing sports, dancing, sleeping, and kissing.
    • Do not share water bottles, cups, or utensils.
    • Stay home if you are not feeling well.

     Learn more about preventing mumps.

     Resources

     CDC Website:  https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html

  • Norovirus (Stomach Flu)

    What is norovirus?

    Norovirus is a highly contagious virus also known as the stomach bug, causing severe vomiting and diarrhea.

    What are symptoms of norovirus?

    Symptoms of norovirus include:

    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Stomach pain
    • Nausea

    Learn more about norovirus symptoms.

    Recommendations

    Students experiencing symptoms should contact the KU Health Center, Beck Hall, for examination at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment.

    Prevention

    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom and before eating, preparing, or handling food.
    • Wash fruits and vegetables well before eating.
    • Cook shellfish thoroughly.

    Learn more about preventing norovirus.

    Resources

    CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html