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Student Health Services is open extended hours for all UC San Diego students. View our hours here: https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/about/Pages/hours-location.aspx
If you have a non-urgent meningitis question, it would be best if you go through the SHS website to ASK A QUESTION for the advice nurse: https://shs.ucsd.edu
If you have urgent questions related to meningitis, call 858-534-8089 and press option 2 (during business hours).
If you are having symptoms of sudden onset of severe headache, neck stiffness and fever, we recommend that you go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room (not Urgent Care) to be evaluated.
Read more about the disease:
Meningococcal disease is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. The disease is expressed as either meningococcal meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surround the brain and spinal cord, or meningococcemia, the presence of the bacteria in the blood.
Since meningococcus is transmitted through mouth and respiratory secretions, you can reduce
spread and risk by:
Keeping up to date with recommended immunizations is the best defense against meningococcal disease. Also avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home when you are ill can help prevent illness and minimize the spread of infections.
Signs & Symptoms
Meningococcal disease signs and symptoms, which are sometimes mistaken for those of flu early in the course of the illness, can include:
See also the Centers for Disease Control website:
Get prepared for flu season! Influenza vaccine is available to all registered students through Student Health Services Vaccine Clinics. Walk-in, no appointment needed; cost is $0 for students with SHIP, $25.00 all other students.
Read more here: https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/resources/health-topics/flu/Pages/default.aspx
UCSD Student Health Services: MEDICAL EXCUSE POLICY
Last year, the UCSD Student Health Services had over 50,000 patient encounters. This high utilization is expected to continue and may impact access to care unless some types of visits are limited. Many common illnesses and injuries do not require care by a medical professional. For example, sore throat, cold symptoms, or mild gastrointestinal illnesses are often best cared for by rest and self-care at home. Visiting Student Health Services solely to obtain documentation of illness uses valuable appointment time, and potentially exposes others to their illnesses.
Therefore, in an effort to maintain sufficient availability of Same Day appointments and Urgent Care visits for those whose illness requires medical intervention, we will no longer provide “medical excuses” except under extreme circumstances (i.e.,severe, prolonged illness that necessitates dropping a class or obtaining specific accommodations for class/lab participation, test taking or make-up).
UCSD Student Health Services recognizes that students are often unsure about when they should come in for care. We encourage anyone with mild illness or injury to access our online health screens or to call Urgent Care at 858-534-3302 and speak with a triage nurse for assistance in determining how to best care for their illness or injury.
We appreciate your cooperation and concern for the well-being of our students.
Karen Calfas, Ph. D., Executive Director
Student Health and Well-being
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING USI INSURANCE SERVICE:
UC SHIP's enrollment vendor, USI Insurance Services (formerly Wells Fargo Insurance Services), will make 3 attempts per year via postal mail to obtain important information that is not on file with your campus registrars' office. You may also contact USI Insurance Services at 800-853-5899 Mon-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST to provide the requested information.
For more information, go to this link: http://ucop.edu/ucship/benefits/1095b-proof-of-insurance.html
Requirements for Incoming Students are listed here:
Requires Student Single Sign-On