The Health Center provides outpatient health care for Hampton University students. Health services are provided by a staff consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical laboratory technician and medical office personnel who are committed to maintaining a maximum level of wellness for each member of the University community. The mission of the Health Center is to provide culturally competent quality health care while promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors through health promotion and disease prevention.
Due to the recent Centers for Disease Control’s confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, the Hampton University Health Clinic is taking precautions to act accordingly if a student, faculty, or staff member should present symptoms of Ebola and/or risk factors associated with a potential Ebola diagnosis.
If you have recently traveled from or will be traveling to the West African areas of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria or any country covered by the recent Ebola warnings from the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please contact the University Health Center by TELEPHONE ONLY at 757-727-5315 for advice on precautions regarding infection prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of Ebola include the following:
- Fever greater t han 101.5 F
- Severe Headache
- Muscle Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
Symptoms can occur anywhere between 2 to 21 days after exposure to the virus, but commonly occur between 8 to 10 days after exposure.
A high risk of exposure to Ebola can come from the following:
- Needle stick or exposure to bodily fluids from an infected individual;
- Direct skin contact with blood or bodily fluids of an individual infected with Ebola;
- Direct contact with a dead body where an Ebola outbreak has occurred;
- Household contact from an individual infected with Ebola;
- Being in close contact, 3 feet, with an individual infected with Ebola and not wearing protective equipment,
- Having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an infected individual without wearing personal protective equipment.
- The first documented MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine must be exactly 12 months of age or after and before age 5 years.
- The required 2nd documented MMR vaccine must be noted as being given 30 days after the first MMR vaccine or later.
- Or must provide documented evidence of a MMR titer showing immunity if number 1 and number 2 are not met.
- Guidelines for the Meningococcal vaccine:
- Ages 11-18 years old, if the primary dose is given at age 12 years or younger a Meningococcal booster should be given at age 16.
- Give booster at age 16-18 years if the primary dose was given at age 13 through 15 years of age.
- Give booster if previous vaccine was given at age younger than 16 years for the age group of 19-21 years that are attending their first year of college.
Students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to report to the nearest hospital if experiencing the above mentioned symptoms. Any person with these symptoms should be evaluated and treated at a hospital prepared to perform testing and, if necessary, be isolated and admitted for treatment. In addition, if any person has come into contact with an individual who they suspected could have Ebola, then he/she is encouraged to report to the nearest HOSPITAL for evaluation and treatment.
Based on CDC recommendations, students, faculty and staff are highly discouraged from traveling to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria where there has been a high incidence of Ebola.
Requirements for Immunizations
ALL HEALTH RECORDS ARE DUE BY MAY 1, 2015.
This correspondence is to advise you of the requirements for immunizations as directed by the U.S. Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control as of February 15, 2015.
All students regardless of age must adhere to the following guidelines and meet the requirements for measles, mumps, rubella vaccines, and the meningococcal vaccine for college students:
Our primary goal is to provide a safe environment for the campus community. You may contact the Health Center at 757.727.5315 if there are concerns or questions regarding the new requirements.
Bert W. Holmes, Jr. MD