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Welcome to the University of Georgia Health Center

A Welcome Letter for Parents of First Year Students

Dear Families,

On behalf of the University Health Center, welcome to Bulldawg Nation! As the campus medical and wellness home for students at the University of Georgia, we endorse behaviors that support whole person health and wellness.

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Healthy Hints from Fellow Dawgs

In Fall 2018, we asked students to leave #HealthyDawg hints on a display board at the Science Library. Here’s what you had to say…

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#FlUGA Tips for Dawgs

Flu season is upon us. At the University Health Center we are, as you can imagine, starting to see the signs and symptoms of flu trickle in.  Below are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself and the UGA community healthy.

Prevent the Flu

  1. Get a flu shot. The best way to prevent the flu is to be immune to the viruses. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you should get one!
  2. Practice good hand hygiene by either hand washing with soap and water or by using alcohol-based gels.
  3. Do not touch your face, eyes or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. An uncovered cough or sneeze can project respiratory droplets 3 to 6 feet or more!

Treating the Flu

The flu is a contagious disease that is caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and insomnia.

  1. Stay home if you are sick. A good rule of thumb if you have the flu is that you should stay home as long as you have a fever. You can return to school or work if you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medicines.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  3. If you live in a residence hall, consider going to your permanent home until you have recovered.
  4. Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu.
  5. Drink plenty of liquids.
  6. Avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
  7. Rest.

UGA students can schedule University Health Center primary medical care appointments online at www.uhs.uga.edu, using the UHC Patient Portal.

Or, you can get a flu shot at a #FluGA Mobile Clinic on campus. Click here for the full schedule.  

Flu shots are also available at walk-in clinics at the University Health Center from October 1 – November 1: Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30am & 1-4pm and Fridays from 1-4pm.

Want flu shots to come to your department or organization? Send a request!

For more information about the flu, getting a flu shot and when to seek a health care provider, visit the University Health Center’s Influenza site.

For more flu information from a student perspective, check out What’s Your Flu I.Q.?!

Written by: Dr. Jean Chin, former University Health Center Executive Director; Edited/Updated by the UHC Communications Team
The University Health Center does not endorse any products or services that may appear in ads below.

UHC Spotlight: Dr. Finbar Woitalla

University Health Center providers come from a huge variety of places, backgrounds, and fields of practice…but they’re all here for YOU. Dr. Woitalla is a Primary Care Provider in UHC’s Medical Clinic Green. Check out what he has to say about serving UGA students, self-care practices, and entering the medical field.

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Welcome to UGA…and its health center!

A Welcome Letter for Parents of First Year Students

Dear Families,

On behalf of the University Health Center, welcome to Bulldawg Nation! As the campus medical and wellness home for students at the University of Georgia, we endorse behaviors that support whole person health and wellness.

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Quick Facts: Mumps

Mumps is an illness caused by the mumps virus. It spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking
  • Sharing items such as cups or eating utensils with others
  • Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

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Who Should I Talk To?

Sexual Assault Resources at UGA: Confidential vs. Non-Confidential

No one should ever have to experience sexual assault, but it does happen. And it can be incredibly difficult to deal with your everyday life and the trauma afterwards.

It can also be difficult to navigate the different resources that are available on campus at the University of Georgia. An important first step is to know who you can speak to confidentially, as the majority of faculty and staff on campus are required to report information about sexual assault to University officials.

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Welcome Letter for New Dawgs

Dear Families,

On behalf of the University Health Center, welcome to the Bulldawg Nation!  As the campus medical home for the University of Georgia students, we endorse behaviors that support total health: the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and environmental aspects of health.

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Our mascot, Healthy Dawg, is juggling all the areas of health – just like we want to help UGA students do!

 

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Sexual Health Services at UHC

Whether you are sexually active right now or not, the University Health Center spends a lot of time meeting with students to answer their questions about sexual health. A good rule of thumb is to come in annually for an exam or physical and be open and honest with your provider about your sexual behaviors. For women, the “Well Women’s Exam” is the perfect time to check in about contraceptive options and changes in PMS, cramping, and bleeding patterns. The CDC recommends annual testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea for all sexually active adults under 26. For men who have sex with men, annual syphilis and HIV testing should also be discussed.

Ask any kind of question about your sexual health in a totally judgement-free environment.

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