Sickness care

Posted: June 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Student Health Services provides health care for all currently enrolled students, regardless of whether you have health insurance, are a freshman or graduate student, or live on or off campus. Student Health also has a free 24/7 nurse advice line (703-993-2831) for students if they have a health concern and Student Health is closed.

Many illnesses, such as the common cold, have no “cure” and, with the help of some symptom relievers, simply need to run their course. But there are other illnesses, such as strep throat, which require medical attention.

These illness symptoms should send you to the health center, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • A fever of 102°F (39°C) or higher
  • Pain in the abdomen that will not go away
  • A persistent cough, chest pain, or trouble breathing
  • A very sore throat
  • Pain in your ears or sinuses
  • A persistent fever
  • Stiff neck
  • Severe headache
  • A flat, pink, red, or purple rash
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Pain or any other symptoms that worry you or last longer than you think they should

Are you going to be a new student at Mason in the fall? Or, are you new to getting health care on your own? If you have questions about your health, consider scheduling a new patient appointment to discuss how to stay healthy at Mason. There is no charge to be seen by a healthcare provider.  Though, there are fees for lab testing, vaccinations, supplies, and some procedures.