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What if I miss my classes?

If you are too ill to attend class, please call your professors and make arrangements. The Wellness Center does not excuse students for their absences.

Is my visit confidential? What about my records?

All visits to the Wellness Center are confidential and information may not be released without the student's written permission. Records are kept for at least seven years and then destroyed. A small fee may be charged for copying or faxing records.

What if the Wellness Center is closed when I visit?

If you need medical attention immediately, contact Campus Safety (574.807.7500) or your Resident Director. If you are in need of immediate medical or mental health assistance or are in a life threatening situation, call both Campus Safety (574.807.7500) and 911. If you have a non life-threatening but urgent mental health care need, contact the Counseling Services pager at 574.236.5717 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room for assessment.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?

Fever High temp. (102F-104F), sudden onset, lasts 3 to 4 days Rarely
Headache Can be severe Rarely
Body aches & pains Usually, often quite severe Sometimes
Fatigue & weakness Extreme, can last up to 2-3 weeks Mild
Bedridden Almost always Rarely
Runny, stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort & coughing Extreme, can become severe Mild to moderate, hacking cough
Complications Bronchitis, pneumonia, can be life-threatening Sinus congestion or earache
Prevention Annual vaccination None

What about a flu shot?

Flu vaccines are available at low cost in the fall at health fairs & at local flu shot clinics. Flu shots will not cause the flu. It protects against respiratory not "stomach flu". Prevention is the best policy: Keep your body and immune system in good health by eating a balanced diet, exercising daily, getting adequate rest, and getting a flu shot.

What can I do if I get the "flu"?

Antiviral drugs are now available by prescription but must be taken within 48 hours of onset of symptoms to be effective for treatment of respiratory "flu". Drink lots of fluids, especially water. You need it and it will make you feel better. Wash your hands frequently to prevent spread of the illness. Get plenty of rest. Over the counter medications may help relieve flu symptoms; talk with your pharmacist or nurse.

How can I schedule an appointment with a physician?

Contact the Wellness Center at 574.807.7370 to discuss local physicians in your insurance network or for more information.

Where can I get my allergy shots?

Allergy shots are NOT given in SHS. Students are referred to local allergists' offices. Please contact 574.807.7370 for more information.

What can I do to prevent sickness?

Living in dorms increases the risk of illness because of many people sharing close quarters. A few simple behavior changes may lower your risk of illness and prevent spread of illness to others.

  • Wash your hands frequently. Example: before preparing foods or eating, after blowing your nose or coughing, after using the restroom, etc. Try not to rub your eyes after touching an unclean surface.
  • Drink plenty of water. Six to eight glasses are recommended daily.
  • Eat a balanced diet from a variety of foods.
  • Exercise regularly. Be active everyday.
  • Rest your body when tired and develop a regular sleep pattern. You can't "catch up" on lost sleep.
  • Recognize stress and find healthy ways to help cope. Call Counseling Services if needed at 574.807.7370.
  • Get regular check-ups with your family physician and dentist.
  • Keep immunizations current. Many are low-cost at the Health Department.

Is smoking permitted on campus?

Bethel College is proud to be a smoke-free campus inside and outside. Thank you for your cooperation in creating a healthier, greener learning environment.

Need help to quit smoking? FREE classes (1 hour for six weeks) are offered by Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Call Jill at 574-252-0362 to register.