Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
MERS is an illness caused by a virus that causes severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. This year, there has been an increase in MERS cases in the Middle East. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends certain actions be taken by recent travelers to the US from countries in or near the Arab Peninsula* including:
Watch for fever with cough or difficulty breathing.
If you get sick within 14 days of leaving, isolate yourself & call a health care provider. Immediately.
Tell your health care provider you traveled.
*Countries in the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries include: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen.
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF)
Ebola HF is a viral illness causing fever, headache, body aches, weakness, and diarrhea and vomiting. Some people may experience rash, red eyes and bleeding inside and outside the body. There is currently an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, with confirmed cases in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Although the risk for Ebola Virus is low in the US, recent travelers to the US from these countries are advised to:
Watch for fever with headache or body aches for 21 days
If you develop fever (usually 101.5 F or higher) with headache or body aches, or other signs of illness, isolate yourself and call a health care provider immediately.
Tell your health care provider you traveled.
The CDC also recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Additional Information for Students
Student Health Services may be reached during hours of operation at 757-683-3132. Please feel free to call us if you have any symptoms or concerns. The Student Health Center has extended hours starting Monday 8/25/14 from 8 am-7 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8 am-5 pm on Fridays. The on-call clinician may be reached after hours and on weekends by calling ODU Public Safety at 757-683-4000.
For severe illness such as fever with respiratory distress or fever with other severe symptoms, seek care on an emergency basis by calling 911 and providing your symptoms and travel history.
The main fax number, 757-683-5930, is back in service.
We prefer that new first time full-time students mail Health History/Immunization records to:
Old Dominion University Student Health Services
1007 South Webb Center
Norfolk, VA 23529
Since we are past the August 1 deadline, please submit all required forms by the start of the fall semester classes. Students may also fax to our temporary fax number at: 757-683-5035.
For appointments call (757) 683-3132, or stop by Student Health Services, 1007 S. Webb Center, during hours of operation.
During the fall and spring semesters, Student Health has extended hours Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Friday hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Summer hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The mission of Student Health Services is to ensure delivery of high quality, accessible, cost-effective healthcare and health promotion for Old Dominion University students. We are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors while respecting individual differences.
Student Health Services has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) continuously since 1986. This means that Student Health Services is surveyed every three years to determine adherence to ambulatory health care standards as established by AAAHC.
The Student Health Center provides primary care including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, injury and ongoing care for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. We offer preventive health care, immunizations, family planning services, including gynecological exams and pap smears, as well as low cost birth control options, emergency contraception, and screening for sexually transmitted infections. The Health Center can serve as a valuable partner in your health and well-being while at Old Dominion University. Our office not only helps restore your health when sick, but serves as a resource enabling you to make the best choices in caring for yourself.
Health Promotion coordinates university wide programs and speakers on various health topics including general wellness and nutrition, substance use, disordered eating, sexual health, stress management, etc. We offer exciting educational workshops, health information, peer training, campus events and so much more to enhance personal and academic success.