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Spring 2014 Health Update


General Operational Information

In order to ensure that we are providing the most effective and efficient medical care to our students, the Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) would like to remind students of our general operating procedure.  As always, we are an appointment based clinic.  We are not a walk-in clinic.  What that means is that we see students by appointments.  If you feel you need to be seen by a provider, the best avenue to utilize is to call.  By calling 603-358-2450 and pressing 1, you will be directed to a Registered Nurse who can assess your symptoms/situation and determine the best course of action, which could include a scheduled appointment with a provider.  If you choose to drop by to schedule an appointment, you will need to wait until the nurse is free.  This often involves an extended wait time, which is not a good use of your valuable time.  By calling, you also have the option to select a time for a return call if the nurse is working with another student.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  A nurse is available during that time period to discuss your symptoms and offer treatment options.



The second semester will begin  in the midst of the flu season. This year’s virus contains the H1N1 strain that in 2009 was found to be more dangerous for young and middle-aged adults. If the H1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, the college age population would be at a significantly higher risk of illness than with the more traditional flu virus.  The CHW has a few doses left of the vaccine and it is still available at local pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid.All available vaccine formulations this season contain an H1N1 component.

In addition to receiving the flu vaccine, the following strategies continue to be effective in minimizing the spread of illness:


  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  If no tissue is immediately available, use your elbow.

  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

For the most current Flu information visit: Center for Disease Control Seasonal Influenza



The State of New Hampshire has been experiencing an increased incidence of Norovirus. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause
the “stomach bug,” or gastrointestinal(stomach and digestive) illness. Norovirus infection occurs occasionally in only one or a few people or it can be responsible for large outbreaks, such as in residence halls on college campuses.

There is no specific treatment available and in order to minimize transmission, we request that you call the CHW for more information as opposed to visit. People who become dehydrated need to be rehydrated by taking liquids by mouth. Occasionally patients may need to be hospitalized to receive intravenous fluids.

For more information please visit:New Hampshire Department of Public Health Fact Sheet on Norovirus


Affordable Care Act

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, all individuals in the United States will be required to carry health insurance as of January 1, 2014.  If you are currently uninsured,  it is your responsibility to address this issue to ensure your compliance with federal regulations.  Keene State College does not offer a student health plan but below is a link that will direct you to an appropriate resource that will help determine your options.

By visiting or

you will be able to enter your personal demographic information and it will supply you with the options available to you. 




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