We are in the middle of the usual fall virus season - a time when many students become ill with respiratory symptoms and/or gastrointestinal symptoms. Remember that sinus infections and bronchitis are usually caused by viruses and thus do not need antibiotics. All students who are concerned about their symptoms, however, are welcome to come to the on-campus clinic, located in upstairs Haggar. Please stress to your student the need to wash hands frequently and to keep a supply of Tylenol, ibuprofen and over-the-counter cold medicine around. Note that phenylephrine, which is the ingredient in Dayquil and other OTC cold meds, is not an effective decongestant. Pseudoephedrine, which has to be signed out, is much better for a stuffy nose. Though we are seeing an increase in students suffering from colds at this time of the year, the flu season will be even worse. Please have your student come up to the clinic any afternoon, and we will give them a flu shot free of charge, provided that it is covered by the student's insurance.
Parents are welcome to call or email Dr. Laurette Dekat about any concerns that they may have about their students: firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.721.5322.