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A student’s university experience and academic success is intimately associated with their overall health and wellness. As Director of Student Health Services (SHS), I am proud of the services we offer FGCU students to assist them when they are sick, to educate them on healthy lifestyle choices, and to protect them through vaccination, education and accessibility.

Student Health Services is proud to announce that we have recently been re-accredited for three years (March 15, 2017) by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization. Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of quality in our business practices. Achieving accreditation by AAAHC is proof that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party. We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation, and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement in patient care in the future.

SHS is funded by a portion of student health fees allowing us to provide high quality care at a minimal cost to our patients. Our staff is committed to providing care to students in a manner that not only allows them to focus on their academic goals but also enhances their medical knowledge and thereby encourages healthy behaviors and choices. I hope that all of our students will take advantage of the services we provide.

Kevin J. Collins, MD

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Some Important Flu Facts for FGCU Students

Dear Eagles,

As you know, flu season is here.  Arm yourself early so that you stay healthy throughout the fall and spring semesters.  Flu vaccines are currently being offered at FGCU Student Health Centers for $15.  You may call or stop in to make your appointment. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following measures to help reduce the spread of flu:

* Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

* Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.

* Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering. Symptoms of flu may include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea or runny/stuffy nose.

* Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of fever (chills, feel very warm, have flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

If you think you have flu symptoms, call your healthcare provider at 239-590-7966 for further guidance or 239-590-1254 to schedule a flu vaccine appointment.  For additional questions, stop in at Student Health Services in the Wellness Center. 

Flu Shot Myths

1. Flu shots will give you the flu.  FALSE... the vaccine contains the dead flu virus... it is dead.... It cannot infect you.

2. Vaccines are dangerous.  FALSE... Vaccines are, arguably, the greatest medical advance in history. They've prevented more illness and death than any treatment.

3. It's after November; it's too late to get a flu shot.  FALSE... There are plenty of vaccines left, and the flu stays around through March, so you still have plenty of time to protect yourself.


4. I got the vaccine last year, so I am protected.  FALSE... Each year there are new strains of the flu virus and the vaccine needs to change to keep up. By arming yourself with a flu shot you are protecting yourself and those around you.

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