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A Note from the Health and Wellness Center

Dear Students:

Pay close attention to this message. It could help you stay healthy during exam week, when you need to be at your best.

Over the last week, the Student Health and Wellness Center has seen a significant number of students with fever, painful sore throats and enlarged tonsils.

Since lab tests can take up to 48 hours, we have given students antibiotics before the results came back in an effort to get them well for their exams. In most instances, however, the antibiotics have not helped. Tests for strep and infectious mononucleosis have for the most part turned out negative.

These facts, together with what we know about how sore throats spread in college students, strongly suggest that the cause of these illnesses is a virus. There are no effective antiviral medications for this condition.

So what can you do? Prevention is the key.

-Practice good, frequent hand washing.
-Do not share anything that could transmit saliva from one person to another (glasses, bottles, cans, spoons, forks, hookahs, etc).

This week, be selfish. Don’t share food, drink, eating or drinking utensils with anyone else.

All of us at the Student Health and Wellness Center wish you the best of luck in all your finals.

Alain Joffe, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director, Student Health and Wellness Center