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Parton Center for Health and Wellness promotes students' well-being. Our excellent medical, counseling, and sports medicine staff are here to help students if physical, emotional, or interpersonal issues become a problem. In addition, we have a wealth of health and wellness resources to support students as they navigate a demanding academic and social schedule.
Parton Center for Health and Wellness Staff
Featured Resource: Pride Center of Vermont
- Pride Center of Vermont (PCVT) is a comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.
Commitment to Social Justice: Parton strives to create a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental environment that embraces human diversity, including differences in race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, place of birth, and individuals with disabilities. We are committed to respecting the uniqueness and complexity of student identities, life experiences, and multiple contexts in which these occur.
Influenza Is Here: The Vermont Department of Health is reporting local spread of influenza virus (the flu) and we have seen several cases at Parton of influenza-like-illness this week. Here is what you need to know about influenza:
- Many otherwise healthy college students with flu will experience abrupt onset of aches, headaches, fever (temp > 100°F), and malaise. Some can also have a dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and even nausea.
- Symptoms usually begin resolving in 5-7 days, and may linger for 1-2 weeks.
- Treatment includes rest, fluids (3-4 liters per day for most people), and medications like Tylenol and Aleve to help treat symptoms. Tamiflu is a medication that has been shown to reduce flu symptoms by 1 day if taken within 48 hours of symptom onset.
- Prevent colds and flu this season by getting plenty of rest, avoiding alcohol, drinking plenty of fluids, wash your hands often, avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your face.
- Prevent spreading flu by covering coughs and sneezes, and staying in your dorm room as much as possible until the fever has been gone for 24 hours.
- Flu shots are effective in preventing flu and shots are available at Parton and many local pharmacies.
- Some students have underlying illnesses (asthma, diabetes) or take medications (steroids and other immune suppressants) that put them at risk for flu complications. These students should contact Parton if they begin having symptoms.
- Here is a link for cold and flu symptoms.
Sports Medicine SelfCareNavigator: What's the best way to deal with a knee sprain, finger dislocation or tennis elbow? What do you do if you have a concussion? If you are injured, is it safe to do any exercise or rehabilitation before calling your doctor? The topics in Sports Medicine SelfCareNavigator deal with some of the most common injuries active students encounter and answer some frequently asked questions that may come up in the evenings or over the weekend when your doctor is less available.
New after-hours support in Counseling. Effective immediately, students may access confidential counseling phone support evenings and weekends. Faculty and staff who are supporting a student and in need of advice from a counselor may also use this resource. To access a counselor by phone after hours, call the Counseling number (802-443-5141) and press one when instructed to do so. Counseling has also expanded its staff. See the profiles of our staff.
Health Services has added 3 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs). These nurses are trained and certified to offer state of the art care should a student experience sexual violence. They are generally available 24 hours a day throughout the academic year to conduct a confidential exam at Parton (whether Parton is open or not). If for some reason one of these nurses is unavailable, students will be directed to Porter Hospital, where they have added additional nurses also trained and certified as SANEs. More information is available here. Also, see the news article.
Immunization law has changed in Vermont – this may affect your ability to register for classes. Students not fully immunized and/or compliant with Vermont State Law by October 28, 2016 will not be allowed to register for courses in November 2016 for spring term. If you receive or have received a message from Parton, do not ignore it. Please note: the State accepts medical and religious exemptions but no longer accepts philosophical exemptions regarding immunizations. Immunization Requirements.