Student Health News

Subject: "OC's first severe case of influenza has been reported. Now is the time to get vaccinated!"

Posted: November 10th, 2016


Eye on Influenza (volume 13, issue 2)


Subject: "Hep A Virus Alert - Recall of Frozen Strawberries"

Posted: November 2nd, 2016


Public Health Announcement


Subject: "Latest information on Zika Virus"

Posted: August 19th, 2016


Zika Print Resources


Subject: "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)"

Posted: July 13th, 2016


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers


Subject: "The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strongly encourage all patients (6 months of age or older) to receive an influenza vaccine."

Posted: August 7th, 2015


Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices


Subject: "Important Notice to UC Students"

Posted: April 16th, 2015


New Annual Federal Reporting Requirement Required by Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Internal Revenue Code, Sections 6055 and 6056


Subject: "Come to the Dental Clinic's Open House!"

Posted: September 21st, 2015


Dental Clinic Open House Flyer


Subject: "Check-Out/Cashiering Procedure Has Changed!"

Posted: September 21st, 2015


New Check-Out/Cashiering Procedure


Subject: "Feb 2015 Cyber Attack at Anthem Blue Cross"

Posted: August 18th, 2015


Information Regarding the February 2015 Cyber Attack at Anthem Blue Cross


Subject: "Gastroenterology Services Now Available at SHC"

Posted: March 31st, 2015


Student Health Center is pleased to announce, in partnership with UCI's Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine and School of Medicine, that gastroenterology consultations will now be performed on campus at SHC effective April 1, 2015. Dr. Douglas Nguyen, Gastroenterologist and Assistant Professor, will be available to provide consultations to students initially on a semi-monthly basis on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. (Dr. Nguyen's Bio) As a reminder and pursuant to the referral requirements in the Student Health Insurance Plans, students must first schedule an appointment with a primary care provider at SHC in order to obtain a referral for a consultation appointment with Dr. Nguyen.


Subject: "Information Regarding the Ebola Virus"

Posted: October 21st, 2014

The Student Health Center is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Orange County Public Health Services, our local health department, and the California Department of Public Health. There is currently a Level 3 travel warning issued by the CDC to restrict nonessential travel to the neighboring countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. For more information regarding the Ebola and recommended travel restrictions, please consult the following links.


For questions or more information, please call the Student Health Center at 949-824-5940.


CDC Ebola Website:


CDC Travel Alert:


California Department of Public Health, Ebola Information Page:


Orange County Public Health, Ebola Information Page:


UCEAP Worldwide Alert:


Protocol for Re-Entry to UC after Volunteering in Ebola Outbreak Region (pdf)


Subject: "Together Against Sexual Assault"

Posted: May 1st, 2014

The link below provides information for students and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses

Subject: Chicken Pox Alert

Posted: April 14th, 2014



 Chickenpox is not usually a serious illness; however, any person who develops chickenpox should stay at home until the rash has completely crusted over to prevent further spread of infection.  This typically takes about five days from the start of the rash.  The symptoms of chickenpox are a blister like rash that usually occurs on the face, scalp and trunk. Other common symptoms are fever, sore throat, headache, and fatigue.  People with weakened immune systems or who are pregnant are at increased risk for developing serious complications from chickenpox.


The symptoms of chickenpox usually begin 2 to 3 weeks after exposure.  The illness typically lasts 5 to 10 days.


Two doses of chickenpox vaccine are recommended for all UCI students.  If you have not had the chickenpox or two doses of chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine you may be vulnerable to developing chickenpox.  If you are unsure, you can contact your health care provider or UCI Student Health Center and have a blood test to check if you are immune to chickenpox.


If you suspect that you have chickenpox you should be seen by a health care provider as soon as possible. There is medication available that can shorten the length of the illness if started early.  Alert your doctor’s office or the Student Health Center before your visit so that others can be protected from exposure.  If you have questions please call UCI Student Health nurse line at (949) 824-5940.

Subject: Measles Alert

Posted: April 4th, 2014

As of 2-18-2015, Orange County has thirty-five confirmed cases of measles. It is expected that the measles outbreak will continue to spread.  The best way to prevent the measles is by getting vaccinated. 

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person.  People are contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. 

Anyone suspecting they have measles should CALL the Student Health Center or their medical provider BEFORE arriving at the medical office to avoid exposing others to the measles virus. 

For more information, please refer to the Orange County Health Care Agency website: (remove current link and replace with link below)

Subject: A New Way to Contact the Insurance Department!

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Starting March 3, 2014 you can email the insurance department with any questions/comments at

Subject: New Insurance Walk In Hours

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Starting March 3, 2014, Insurance's Walk-In hours will be Monday - Friday from 9AM - 4PM.

Subject: New Hours at Student Health!

Posted: January 9th, 2014

The Student Health Center has new hours: its Operating Hours: 8:00am to 7:00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.   New Saturday hours from 9:00am to 1:00pm through the remainder of the academic year!


Appointment line: (949) 824-5304


The New Extended Hours begin the week of January 19th, 2014.


You can also view our flyer here.



Subject: 2014 Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic - 1/15 and 1/23

Posted: January 9th, 2014

The Student Health Center is offering the Flu Vaccine for $25.00 to all students, staff and faculty.


This is a covered benefit for students with the school health insurance.


Here are the dates for our Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic:


*         Wednesday, January 15th, 2104, 10 am - 4 pm

*         Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, 10 am - 4 pm


Subject: Meningitis Health Warning

Posted: November 22, 2013

3 students at UCSB have been diagnosed with Group B meningococcal meningitis. This is a serious infection that can cause permanent disabilities and even death if not treated immediately. The meningococcal vaccine does not protect you from this particular strain.

Please be aware that sudden symptoms of very high fever, severe headache, stiff neck with an unusual rash or vomiting should get urgent medical attention.

Any student with a high fever should go to UCI Student Health during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F or call (949) 824-5302.

Click here for FAQs about meningococcal meningitis.

Subject: 2013 Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic (Additional Dates Added)

Posted: October 3, 2013

The Student Health Center is offering the Flu Vaccine for $25.00 to all students, staff and faculty.


This is a covered benefit for students with the school health insurance.


Here are the dates for our Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic:


*         Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm

*         Thursday, November 14, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm

*         Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm

*         Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm



Subject: Bat Found at Laguna Niguel Regional Park Test Positive For Rabies

Posted: September 16, 2013


(Santa Ana) - A bat found on the ground at shelter #7 in Laguna Niguel Regional Park on September 7, 2013 has tested positive for rabies.  Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Laguna Niguel Regional Park is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8am to 5pm or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.

Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is nearly always fatal. For that reason preventive treatment to stop the rabies virus from causing illness is given to anyone who may have been exposed to rabies.  Medical assistance should be obtained promptly after an exposure so any wound can be cleaned and preventive treatment can be started.  This treatment is safe and effective.

The rabies virus is found in an animal’s saliva and is transmitted to people by a bite from a rabid animal.  Although very rare, contamination of the eyes, mouth or an open wound by the saliva of a rabid animal can also transmit rabies.  Most cases of human rabies in the United States in recent years have resulted from bat strains of rabies; bats have very small teeth, and their bites may go unnoticed.

The Health Care Agency and OC Animal Care recommend the following preventive actions:

  *   Avoid all contact with wild animals
  *   Vaccinate all cats and dogs against rabies
  *   Do not sleep with open unscreened windows or doors
  *   If bats are seen inside the house or other structure, close off the area and contact animal control.  Once the bat(s) have been removed, close off any areas allowing entrance into the house.
  *   Do not leave pet food outside where it will attract wild animals.
  *   Immediately wash all animal bites with soap and water, being sure to flush the wound well, then contact your doctor
  *   Report all animal bites to OC Animal Care
  *   Report stray animals to OC Animal Care

Potential exposure to a bat or other wild animal should be reported to Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180.  To report a bat in your home, an animal bite, or a stray animal, contact OC Animal Care at (714) 935-6848.

More information about rabies is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

Subject: Avian Flu H7N9 Frequently Asked Questions

Posted: April 25, 2013

A new strain of H7N9 bird flu has been found in birds and people in China. No ongoing person-to-person spread of this virus has been found at this time

What is H7N9?

“H7N9” is the designation for one subtype of influenza viruses that is sometimes found in birds, but that does not normally infect humans. Like all influenza A viruses, there also are different strains of H7N9. Beginning at the end of March 2013, China reported human and bird (poultry) infections with a new strain of H7N9 that is very different from previously seen H7N9 viruses



For the rest of the FAQ, please go to the CDC's H7N9: Frequently Asked Questions page.

Subject: County Of Orange Public Health News on Meningococcal disease being seen in Tijuana

Posted: April 4, 2013

There has been of an outbreak of meningococcal infections in Tijuana, Mexico beginning in January of this year. No Orange County cases related to this outbreak have been identified thus far, though cases that appear to be related to this outbreak have been identified in other California counties. Because Orange County students and their families and friends may visit Tijuana or come in contact with persons who have, we would like to provide you with the following information about meningococcal infection.


For more information about the outbreak, please view the letter from the County of Orange(PDF).


Subject: AAAHC Accrediation

Posted: April 12, 2012

In September 2011, the Student Health Center underwent an extensive two-day onsite survey by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). We are honored to be awarded a three-year term of accreditation, effective until September 13, 2014.

The granting of accreditation reflects AAAHC's confidence that the Student Health Center has met, and will continue to demonstrate throughout the accreditation term the attributes of an accreditable organization as reflected in the required standards.

The dedication and effort necessary for an organization to be accredited is substantial, and the compliance with those standards implies a commitment to continual self-evaluation and continuous improvement. 3 years is the longest possible accreditation term granted by the AAAHC.

For information about the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), visit


Subject: What You Should Know About Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Posted: September 27, 2010


Even with the success of whooping cough vaccines, the disease is still common in the United States. Many cases are not diagnosed and so are not reported. Yet over the past 5 years, between 8,000 and 25,000 cases have been reported each year. Institutional outbreaks of whooping cough, such as those in a daycare center, school or hospital, are common, taking place each year in many states including California. 


Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.  The infection is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age. 


Early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include:

  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
  • Mild, occasional cough
  • Apnea – a pause in breathing (in infants)

As the disease progresses, the traditional symptoms of pertussis appear and include:

  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop" (the coughing fits can go on for up to 10 weeks or more)  
  • Vomiting (throwing up)
  • Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits

Adults who were vaccinated in childhood against pertussis can still be infected, but the illness tends to be milder and the typical "whoop" absent.  The best prevention for pertussis in adults is booster vaccination with Tdap. Getting vaccinated with Tdap is especially important for families with and caregivers of new infants.  The easiest thing for adults to do is to get Tdap instead of their next regular tetanus booster—that Td shot that they were supposed to get every 10 years. The dose of Tdap can be given earlier than the 10-year mark, so it is a good idea for adults to talk to a healthcare provider about what is best for their specific situation. 


See, for more general information about pertussis; or call Student Health Center for more specific information at 949-824-5302.


Effective fall quarter 2001, the Regents of the University of California are requiring undergraduate students on all UC campuses to carry health insurance.  In concert with implementation of this plan in fall 2001, the UCI Student Health Center has revised its existing fee policy for the Medical and Specialty Clinics.  While every effort will be made to keep fees low and affordable for all students, our courtesy waiver of the Medical Clinic visit fee during the academic school year for students with a Physical Examination on file ended on the last day of spring quarter 2001.