Student Health & Counseling Services

The mission of Student Health and Counseling Services is to optimize the physical and mental health of students in order to help them achieve academic success, personal development and lifelong wellness.

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SHCS is piloting this new technology – student feedback is critical!
Ways to use Spruce:

  • Schedule a psychiatry appointment
  • Ask to have a referral re-sent to a specialty clinic
  • Check on a med refill request
  • OUT of TOWN? Do a video visit with your provider!

2018 Flu Season

The flu season seems to be peaking, but SHCS is still seeing students with upper respiratory conditions and flu. We expect to see flu in California through mid-April. Here are some tips to stay healthy now and throughout the year!

How to Protect Yourself

We continue to recommend the flu vaccine per CDC recommendations: There is still some flu activity in California. Therefore, the current CDC recommendation is to be vaccinated. The vaccine protects against four strains of influenza. A flu vaccine boosts your immunity to the current strains of influenza and reduces the likelihood you will get the flu and, if you do become infected, will decrease the severity of symptoms.

Flu vaccine is still available at no cost at Occupational Health.

Wash your hands - a lot!

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze!

How do I distinguish the flu from other illnesses?

Symptoms: Flu is a viral infection caused by influenza A and B and is different from a common cold. It usually has:

  • sudden onset with high fever (at least > 100.4)
  • chills
  • body aches
  • headaches
  • cough
  • flu is usually worse and lasts longer than the regular common cold.

Have a thermometer on hand: You can’t know if you have a low-grade fever or fever of 100.4 without one. Pick one up at SHCS.

Alarm Symptoms – if you have these symptoms, contact SHCS (if emergent – go to ER).

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Pain or pressure in your chest
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea or can’t hold down liquids
  • Relapse of symptoms after improvement

What if I have flu symptoms?

Please stay home so as not to spread the disease. If you think you need to see a healthcare provider, contact SHCS before coming in. Contact our Nursing Team to review your symptoms any of the following ways:

SHCS nurses will evaluate (via video or phone) if you are eligible for anti-viral medication, oseltamivir or Tamiflu. The medication is given if you have had symptoms for 48 hours or less. It can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick. Potential side effects are nausea and vomiting.

Take the online self-assessment screening: Visit the SHCS website and complete the online screening tool to help assess if you need to come in for a visit or what you can do at home to help treat your symptoms.

Talk with a SHCS provider via video first: If you need to be evaluated, a good first step might be a video visit. You must have the free Spruce app to conduct your secure video visit. Video visits can help cut down on the spread of the disease and leave more time for you to rest.

Self-care Check List

  • Drink plenty of fluids – the potential to become dehydrated is high (symptoms of dehydration).
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat fever, headaches, body aches and sore throat.
  • Use nasal saline (like NetiPot) or humidifier for congestion and take a decongestant like pseudoephedrine (ex: Sudafed).

Put on a mask if you come to SHCS: If you do come into SHCS when you have symptoms, please put on a mask immediately and let a staff member know you suspect the flu.

Uncertain Times: We Are Here For You

Many UCSF students, faculty and staff are experiencing significant distress in the current political climate. In particular, we are deeply concerned about federal executive orders to restrict travel and immigration.

If you have been personally struggling with the impact of the current political environment, or are worried about someone you care about, Student Health and Counseling Services is here to help support you.

For Students:

Student Health and Counseling Services offers free and confidential support for students.
  • Schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling 415-476-1281.
  • For support outside of business hours when SHCS is closed, call 415-476-1281 and press option 7 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • If you are concerned about a student or a group of students, please call SHCS at 415-476-1281 to consult with a counselor.
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