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University Health Center Services

The staff of the University Health Center provides a full range of primary care services, including treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, injuries, STDs, routine care such as physicals, and preventive clinical services such as well woman care.

If you have ongoing health care needs and are under the care of your private physician, the University Health Center staff can team with your physician to provide blood pressure checks, or other care as needed for continuity while you are at UCM.

Call 660-543-4770 to schedule an appointment. Urgent cases are seen as soon as possible. Plan ahead for routine care to ensure appointment availability.

Laboratory

Laboratory services help to diagnose your problem and monitor your recovery. Most of the laboratory work is performed at the University Health Center, in our CLIA approved lab, but some special laboratory tests are sent to a reference laboratory for analysis. Charges for laboratory tests may be billed to your personal insurance, paid for at the time of service, or billed to your student account. 

HIV testing and testing for other sexually transmitted diseases is available on your request or by order of your physician.  As with all medical information, the results are strictly confidential and can not be released without your consent.

For any questions call Neil Helbling, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Technician, at 660-543-4338.

Immunization Clinic

The University Health Center immunization clinic offers students, faculty and staff routine immunizations, and preparation for safe travel and study abroad programs. Please contact Crystal Hughes, LPN at 660-543-4779 for more information.

The following immunizations/vaccines and tests are available at the University Health Center for a reasonable charge: 

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of persons with hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV. This is why it is very important to wash your hands after you use the bathroom. Hepatitis A can cause mild flu-like symptoms, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), and/or severe stomach pains, and diarrhea.

People with hepatitis A infection often have to be hospitalized. In rare cases, hepatitis A causes death. A person with hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household.

Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent hepatitis A. Two doses of the vaccine are needed for lasting protection. The doses should be given at least 6 months apart. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site:https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV is spread by contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. The most common ways to spread HBV is by having unprotected sex with an infected person, sharing needles when injecting illegal drugs, being struck with a used needle on the job, or during birth when the virus passes from an injected mother to her infant. About 33% of people who have HBV in the U.S. have no idea how they got it.

Symptoms of HBV are loss of appetite, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin), or pain in the muscles, joints, and stomach. HBV can also lead to liver damage (cirrhosis), liver cancer, and even death.

Facts about HBV:

  • There is no cure for HBV.
  • About 1.25 million people in the U.S. have a chronic HBV infection.
  • HBV is 100 times more contagious then HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • HBV is a resilient virus, which means it can remain infectious on certain surfaces for up to a month.

HBV can be prevented by the Hepatitis B vaccine. The Hepatitis B vaccine is usually given in 2-3 doses, depending on the age of the person getting the vaccine. The second dose is given at least one month after the first dose, and the third dose is given at least two months after the second dose and four months after the first dose. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

Genital Human Pappilomavirus (HPV)

Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a disease caused by the Human Papillomavirus. HPV is most commonly spread through sexual contact.

Most HPV infections do not cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. However, some people get visible genital warts (soft, moist, pink, or flesh-colored swellings), or have pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, vulva, anus, or penis. HPV infections sometimes result in anal or genital cancers.

FACTS ABOUT HPV:

  • HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S.
  • About 20 million people in the U.S. are infected, and about 6.2 million more get infected each year.
  • More than 50% of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at sometime in their lives.  

HPV vaccine protects against four major types of HPV. HPV vaccine can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is for girls or women from ages 9-26 years of age and is given in three doses. The second dose is given two months after the first dose, and the third dose is given six months after the first dose. 

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (Flu) is a very contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. This disease is spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

Influenza symptoms are fever, chills, headache, sore throat, dry cough, runny nose and body aches. It can lead to pneumonia and can be very dangerous for people with heart and breathing problems. It can also cause high fever and seizures in children. Influenza kills about 36,000 people annually in the U.S., mostly among the elderly.

The Influenza vaccine can prevent influenza. A "flu shot" can be given at any time during the autumn or winter but is most effective when it is given from early October through December, before the flu season begins.

Are you at risk for influenza?  You should get a flu shot if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Immune disorders (i.e. long-term steroid use, HIV infection)
  • Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season

Others who should be vaccinated:

  • Those living with a high-risk person (see list above)
  • Health care students and employees
  • Students living in a residence hall who would like to minimize their risk
  • Those 50 years of age or older
  • International travelers
  • Healthy children ages 6-23 months
  • Household contacts and caretakers for children age 0-23 months

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site:http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.pdf.

Meningococcal (Bacterial Meningitis)

Meningococcal (meningitis) disease is caused by bacteria. Meningococcal disease can be spread through respiratory or throat secretion (coughing, kissing, etc...). 

The most common symptoms are headache, rigid and/or stiff neck and spine, nausea and/or vomiting, fever, and behavioral changes. Despite treatment with antibiotics, 11-19% of people in the U.S. who get the disease loss arms and/or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous system, become mentally retarded, or suffer seizures or strokes. Also, 10-15% of people die from the disease every year. Because invasive Meningococcal disease can progress rapidly into fatalities, early detection and prompt, intensive treatment with antibiotics are extremely important.

The Meningococcal vaccine protects against 4 types of the disease. A vaccination is recommended and available through the University Health Center, especially for those students who live in the residence halls. Just one dose is needed in most cases.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site:https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Measles is a serious disease caused by a virus. Measles symptoms are rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.

Mumps is a serious disease caused by a virus. Mumps symptoms are fever, headache, and swollen glands. It can also lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal corn covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and rarely, death.

Rubella (German measles) is a serious disease caused by a virus.  Symptoms of Rubella are rash, mild fever, and arthritis (mostly in women). If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.

You or your child could catch these diseases by being around someone who has them. They spread from person to person through the air.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine (MMR) can prevent these diseases. The MMR vaccine comes in one combination shot. Children should have 2 doses of the MMR vaccine and most adults only need one dose.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Tuberculosis (TB)

 Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by an infection with bacteria. TB is transmitted through the air by a person with active TB. A person with active TB is contagious to others and is required to undergo treatment with antibiotics.

Some symptoms of TB are persistent cough, fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, night sweats, coughing up blood, and shortness of breath.

Anyone Can Get TB, however TB can be cured by taking several drugs for six to twelve months.

There is no vaccine for TB. A TB test can be done to determine if you have the disease. Testing is available by appointment at the University Health Center. A TB test must be read within 48 to 72 hours or results will not be valid. If follow up appointment is missed, a second TB test will have to be preformed at patient's cost.

For additional information on TB and testing, see the following site: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/skintesting.pdf.

Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) & Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)

Tetanus (lockjaw) is caused by bacteria that enter the body though a break in the skin (often a puncture wound or deep scratch.) Tetanus causes painful muscle contractions all over the body. Tetanus can cause locking of the jaw, so an infected person can not open their mouth or swallow. About 20 percent of people who get tetanus die.

Diphtheria is caused by bacteria passed from one person to another in the droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of diphtheria include sore throat, fever and swollen neck glands. As the disease progresses, a membrane is formed in the throat that can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death. Since the U.S. government has made it mandatory for school-age children to receive this vaccine, the Diphtheria disease has almost been illuminated in the U.S.  

Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) are in a combination shot.                             

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

There is also a new combination shot that includes the Pertussis vaccine with the Tetanus and Diphtheria vaccines (Tdap).

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) has been added to the tetanus and diphtheria combination. This new combination vaccine (Tdap) now helps protect against all three serious diseases.

Pertussis or whooping cough is caused by bacteria passed from one person to another in the droplets released when an infected person coughs. Symptoms of Pertussis are severe coughing spells, whooping, and vomiting; as the disease progresses it can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures, pneumonia, passing out from violent coughing, and hospitalization due to complications. Most deaths occur among unvaccinated children or children too young to be vaccinated.

Adults should have a Td shot or the new Tdap shot with the Pertussis, once every 10 years to ensure protection. If you haven't had at least three Td shots in your lifetime, or if you're not sure if you have, you will need to complete your basic series of three shots and follow up with booster doses every 10 years. If you have received an injury or traveled outside of the U.S., it is advised that you be assessed for a booster every five to ten years. The new combination with the Pertussis has a similar regimen.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

Varicella (Chickenpox)

 Varicella (Chicken Pox) is very contagous and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The varicella-zoster virus is spread for person to person through the air or by coming in contact with the fluid from the chickenpox blisters.

Symptoms of Varicella are an itchy rash, fever, and tiredness. Varicella can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death. A perosn who has has chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later. Before the Varicella vaccine, about 11,000 people were hospitalized and about 100 people died each year in the United States do to the varicella-zoster virus.

The Varicella vaccine comes in shot form. Children should have two doses of the Varicella vaccine before the age of six. People 13 years old and above (who have never had chickenpox or reveived the vaccine) should get two doses at least 28 days apart.

For additional information, see the Vaccine Information Statement at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html.

Other Injections

For more information about other services and injections offered through the Immunization Clinic please contact Crystal Hughes, LPN at 660-543-4779.

 Temporarily Closed sign

As of August 1, 2019, the University Health Center Medication Clinic will be closed until a Dispensary Technician has been hired and trained.

If you have a current prescription at the University Health Center with refills available, please contact our office (660-543-4770) to request a transfer of your prescription to an off-campus pharmacy. Transfer of prescriptions off-campus may take up to 48 hours, so please make a transfer request before running out of medication.

 

 

Medication Clinic: Closed until further notice

 See above note.

Services

The medication clinic stocks a variety of prescription medication that can be dispensed only by university physicians and nurse practitioners. The Medication Clinic is unable to dispense medications prescribed from any other physician outside of the health center. A wide variety of over the counter medications are also available at very reasonable prices.

Medicaton costs are generally lower than most insurance co-pays, and can be paid for at the time of service by cash, check, credit card, debit card, central cash, or can be charged to your student account. There are also several retail pharmacies in the Warrensburg area that accept most insurance plans. Talk to our staff about the best option available for meeting your prescription needs.

Medication Clinic Hours of Operation

The medication clinic closes daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.

The medication clinic has limited hours during semester breaks and is closed when the University is closed for holidays or other closings.  Plan ahead to be sure you have an adequate supply of medication to carry you through the closings.

If you have any questions call Tasha Chastain, CPhT at 660-543-4628.

Medication Clinic FAQ's

What is a medication clinic?

A medication clinic is an office in our clinic where patients go to pick up prescription medications the UCM provider has prescribed for them. Our medication clinic is operated by a Certified Pharmacy Technician, not a pharmacist. The medication clinic stocks a limited amount of pre-packed prescription medications, which must be prescribed by a UCM provider on campus. As a result of the medications being pre-packed prescriptions typically take around 5 to 10 minutes or less to be ready for you to pick up.

Does the medication clinic take insurance?

The UCM Health Center Medication Clinic does not take prescription insurance. However, our prices are as low as most insurance co-pays. This is why it is very important that you, as a patient, know what your co-pays are for medications. This will allow us to help you make the decision of where to get your prescription medication: at our medication clinic or a local pharmacy.

What other services does the medication clinic offer?

The UCM Health Center Medication Clinic stocks several over-the-counter medications that may be purchased for reasonable prices. We invite you to come see what we have before going off-campus to a store. Also, once a week students may bring in their current student ID to receive 12 free regular size latex male condoms, 6 free large size latex male condoms, 6 free non-latex male condoms, or 6 free latex female condoms.

Once a year, students who need condoms for classroom or organizational safe sex speeches are able to stop by the medication clinic to talk about a quantity needed.

Is the medication clinic closed during breaks?

We will be closed when University of Central Missouri offices are closed and during most student breaks, including the early part of August until school begins.  It is very important to plan ahead and make sure you have an adequate supply of medication to get you through any closings.

How can I pay for items bought at the medication clinic?

Students are able to pay for any item bought at the medication clinic by cash, check, credit card, debit card, Central Cash, or charge to their UCM student account, however: the charges must be paid at Student Financial Services located in Ward Edwards 1100 or paid online.

STD Information

STD stands for sexually transmitted diseases: diseases that are spread during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. If you have an STD, you are not alone. Millions of people, from students to executives, get STDs every year. Some STDs can be cured, some controlled, and all can be prevented. You're the key.

Everyone who is sexually active is at risk. You can reduce this risk by learning more about STDs.

First: Protect Yourself

Using condoms and dental dams during sex reduces your risk of getting an STD and spreading an STD if you have already contracted an infection.  Also, limiting yourself to one sexual partner greatly reduces your risk of an STD. 

Prevention is the key to protecting yourself from an STD.  If you think you have an STD seek medical attention for early intervention and treatment.  Most important, remember to make healthy choices for your body.  It's the only one you have.

Second: Educate yourself about STD's.

Learn all you can about STDs, use protection, and get checked regularly.

Treatable STD's

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a very common STD.   Most people have very few symptoms with this infection.  There can be no symptoms, or mild symptoms, such as odorless discharge, mild burning, but if left untreated it can be severe for women. Women can develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and this causes infertility because of scarring to the fallopian tubes.

If chlamydia is found early, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.  Since women rarely know they have a problem, it is important for a man who has been infected to tell his partner quickly.

Vaginitis

Vaginitis is a group of diseases that affect women. The three most common are trichomoniasis, yeast infection, and bacterial vaginosis. Although women have the symptoms, men can be carriers of these infections.  If a female has any of these infections, her partner should also be treated.

Trichomoniasis produces a frothy yellow discharge and can have itching and burning.  The discharge may have an odor.

Yeast infections (Genital Candidiasis) produce cottage cheese like discharge and can itch intensely.

Bacterial vaginosis causes a grayish-white discharge, that is watery and strong smelling.

Note: With yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis your partner may not need to be treated.  If you have symptoms of any of these, seek medical help.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea If left untreated,  both men and women can become sterile. Men may have a discharge, painful urination, or both. Women often have no symptoms early in the infection, but can later have discharge, abdominal pain, and fever. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.

Syphilis

Syphilis If left untreated syphilis can cause heart and brain damage, or even death. The first symptom is usually a painless sore that may not be noticed. Later symptoms include rash and fever.  Free and confidential testing is available at the University Health Center for this infection. Syphilis is very serious but can be treated with antibiotics.

Pubic Lice

Pubic Lice (phthirus pubis), also known as "crabs," is an infestation of a small yellowish gray louse in the pubic hair.  After a blood feeding, in which the louse buries its head under the skins surface, it becomes a red rust color. It lays eggs called "nits" at the base of the hair shaft.  It is spread through close physical contact.

Some people can have allergic reactions to the lice bites and experience intense itching.   Others may have no symptoms at all. Pubic lice can be eliminated with treatment.

Incurable/Treatment Can Help

HIV and AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weaken the bodie's ability to fight disease and infection.  Many people with HIV have no symptoms, but they can still spread the virus. This virus is spread through infected blood, semen, and vaginal fluids that enter the body.

A person with HIV may later present with symptoms of swollen glands, fever, night sweats, severe fatigue, and weight loss. When pneumonia and other symptoms appear, a diagnosis of AIDS is made.

Free and Confidential Testing

If you think that you have been exposed to HIV, get tested. Encourage your partner to get tested also. Testing is free and confidential at the University Health Center.  Call and ask for the lab to schedule an appointment.

Herpes

Millions of Americans have herpes. A person can spread herpes even when they do not have symptoms. Many people may only have one break out of herpes lesions, while others may have repeat outbreaks.

Symptoms of herpes include one or more fluid filled blisters that open into sores. The sores may be itchy or painful and can be located around the mouth, sex organs, and buttocks. Swollen glands usually form around the groin area.

Herpes is a virus that can not be cured but can be treated.   If you think you have herpes seek medical help. 

Genital Warts

Also called Condyloma, genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  The warts are often so tiny they are hard to see.  Genital warts can lead to cell changes in women and can cause cervical cancer if not treated. The warts can be flat or shaped like little cauliflowers. They can grow on the penis, vagina, cervix, rectum, mouth, or throat.  You may have the virus for months before any warts appear.

The smaller the warts the easier they are to remove. If you think you have genital warts seek medical attention for early intervention and treatment.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus.  It is found in most of the bodily fluids of someone infected with the illness. Only 1/3 of people infected with Hep B develop full-blown symptoms; because of this it is difficult to know whether your partner is infected or not.

Symptoms of the illness include, loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of skin and/or eyes), and dark urine.

Some people recover after a few months and develop natural immunities while others may become carriers of the virus for the rest of their lives.  If you are at risk for hepatitis B, a vaccine for prevention is available.

Recognize the Symptoms

Burning In men and women: A burning, especially with urination.

Lumps or Bumps In men and women: Lumps or bumps and other skin changes near the sex organs may be genital warts, herpes, or syphilis.

Itching In men and women: Itching in or around the sex organs may be herpes, scabies, or crabs.

Sores In men and women: Painful or itchy sores on or near the sex organs may be herpes.  Painless sores can be syphilis.

Discharge: 

  • In Men - a white or clear often thick discharge from penis may be a sign of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or other STDs.  If a man is infected during anal sex, a discharge may appear from the anus. 
  • In Women - any unusual vaginal discharge – often along with itching, burning, or odor – may be a sign of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or vaginitis.

Abdominal Pain In women: Abdominal pain may mean pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other infections.

No Symptoms Some symptoms don't show up for months, even years.  If you think you have been exposed to an STD, seek medical care.

Contact

University Health Center
600 S. College Ave.
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4770
Fax: (660) 543-8222

 

 

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