Dear Student and Family,
Student Health Services at North Idaho College welcomes you!
We want your experience here to be healthy and would like to tell you about our services and to give you some important health information. The philosophy of our office is to promote wellness and health within a holistic framework. The nurse practitioners that provide the care are committed to the support of your health and well-being. Our services include evaluation and treatment of acute illnesses, follow-up of chronic health problems in coordination with your usual health care provider, stress management, family planning and other reproductive health issues, sexually transmitted infections, mental health issues, drug and alcohol use/abuse, nutrition, exercise and general health and wellness education. We work in coordination with our Counseling Services and community health care providers and services as needed.
Prevention of illness is a primary focus of our work. Immunizations are an additional, valuable component to your health and the prevention of disease. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommendations for immunizations for students entering college. To insure the health of the individuals in the residence hall, we are requiring each resident to have up to date immunizations for:
- measles, mumps and rubella (2 MMR Vaccines)
- Hepatitis B
- One Tdap after age 14, as a booster to the original tetanus series. Tdap is a tetanus/diphtheria booster with adult pertussis vaccine.
Additionally, we, in accordance with the ACIP, strongly recommend that you be fully informed about meningitis and consider the Meningococcal vaccine.
Meningitis is a rare, but often fatal, infection of the spinal cord and brain. The organism that causes meningitis may also infect the blood, causing a more systemic infection. For additional information, please feel free to contact your family healthcare provider, the CDC website,www.CDC.GOV/NCIDOD/DBMD/DISEASEINFO or the American College Health Association’s Website, www.ACHA.org.
Please complete the Immunization Record and return it with your residence hall contract. If you do not have your form completed upon arrival, most required immunizations will be available through Student Health. There are fees for all vaccines. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (208) 769-7818 or (208) 676-7156.
We look forward to working with you to create a healthy experience at North Idaho College.
Linda Michal, BSN, NP
Director of Health and Wellness