Student Health Services

Health Services

If you are experiencing a life threatening medical emergency, please call 911.

Health services are similar to those provided by your family physician including care for colds, cuts, sprains, infections, and flu. We offer the following:

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Student Health Services (SHS) has immunizations against the diseases listed below available for a fee. Students 18 years of age and younger may qualify for free vaccines through the federally funded Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Please contact us for a list of charges and for information about the VFC program.

Required Immunizations

Measles, Mumps and Rubella:

All new and re-admitted students born after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella (usually given as a combination shot called "MMR") prior to their first enrollment at any CSU campus. Although only a single MMR is required, two doses are recommended. Students enrolled in a California public school for the seventh grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999 will have satisfied this requirement.

Hepatitis B:

All first-time enrollees who are 18 years of age or younger must provide proof of immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. A complete Hepatitis B vaccination series consists of three doses given over a four to six month period. Students enrolled in a California public school for the seventh grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999 will have satisfied this requirement.

Contact Student Health Services at for information on how to submit proof of immunization.

Recommended Immunizations

Meningococcal vaccine:

All incoming freshman who will reside in on-campus housing are required to be informed about Meningococcal disease and the availability of a vaccine to prevent infection. In addition, each student must sign the informational form and indicate whether or not they have chosen to be vaccinated. This form is available at SHS or it can be downloaded using the link provided below:

Meningococcal Information and Immunization Form (PDF, 1.66MB)

Other Immunizations

Other immunizations available at the Student Health and Counseling Center include vaccines against:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Although the CSU does not require these, they are recommended for certain populations. Please contact the SHCC for more information.

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Flu Information

"Take 3" Steps to Fight the Flu

Protecting Yourself Against the Flu

If you are experiencing respiratory distress, please call 911 immediately for assistance.

To protect yourself against the flu:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and throw the tissue in the trash after using it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are being treated for a chronic disease or are currently pregnant, you should discuss preventative measures with your personal physician.

Symptoms suggestive of influenza:

  • High fever (over 100 degrees)
  • Dry cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Sometimes diarrhea

See the chart below for some of the differences between symptoms of flu and the common cold. Source:

Symptom Cold Flu
Fever Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100�F or higher for three to four days is associated with the flu.
Coughing A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Aches Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy Nose Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing Sneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu.
Sudden Symptoms Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within three to six hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
Headache A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore Throat Sore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
Chest Discomfort Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms:

  • You may call Student Health Services' main reception desk at (805) 437-8828 for assistance. Be prepared to tell the receptionist:
    • what your measured temperature is;
    • what your symptoms are;
    • how long you have been sick; and
    • any chronic diseases you have.

If you are sick, we recommend that you:

  • Stay home or otherwise isolate yourself for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications) except to get medical care. This will help the virus from spreading to others.
  • Keep away from others as much as possible. If you live on campus, notify your resident assistant that you are sick or not feeling well. You may even want to ask your parents to pick you up from campus so that you can continue to recover at home.
  • Stay in bed and get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Do not take aspirin. 

Flu Vaccines

We are typically able to begin offering flu vaccines in November. Look for posted flyers and e-mails announcing our clinics. You may also check this Web site for information regarding the availability of vaccines. To inquire about getting vaccinated, you may call SHS at (805) 437-8828.

What if You Already Had the Flu?

It is still recommended that you get the vaccine. Please consider getting the vaccine to lessen your chances of becoming sick with another strain of the flu.


The flu vaccine is free to students and $2.00 for faculty/staff (exact cash only). The minimal charge helps defray the costs for this service. 

Who should not be vaccinated:

Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These people include:

  • Those who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • Those who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
  • Those who developed Guillain-Barr syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
  • Children less than six months of age (the influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group).
  • Those who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

Alternate Flu Vaccine Location Information

Visit the Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) site for information regarding their schedule and vaccine availability. You may also contact the Ventura County Public Health office at (805) 981-5221 to listen to a recorded message with updated information. CSU Channel Islands Student Health Services cannot provide any additional details about VCPH's operations.

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Tuberculin (TB) Testing

TB testing is available at SHS. There is no charge to students for this service. You must be able to return to SHS in 48-72 hours to have the test read by the provider and receive documentation for your test result. SHS providers will not perform a TB test on patients who have had a positive result in previous testing. In such cases, providers may supply a referral to an outside x-ray facility in order to update the patient's health records.

Students who are under the age of 18 must have a completed "Consent for Treatment of Minors" form on file at SHS prior to testing. This form must be signed by the student's parent or guardian.

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Birth Control and STD Screening

Student Health Services (SHS) offers full services for birth control, pap smears, STD testing, counseling on and prescriptions for all contraceptive methods, sample condoms and pregnancy tests. Most insurance plans will cover lab testing and prescriptions. Be sure to inquire with your private insurance if these services are covered prior to your SHS appointment.

If your private insurance does not cover family planning services or if you are currently covered under your parent's/spouse's insurance and you have concerns regarding confidentiality, you can apply for the Family PACT Program. Contact SHS for more information regarding this program.

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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception (or EC, also known as "Plan B" or the "morning after pill") can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual relations. It works by inhibiting ovulation and/or fertilization. It is safe and effective, and can be used if a condom breaks or comes off, you were late taking or forgot to use your usual birth control method, you were forced into having unsafe sex or you got caught up in the moment and didn't use protection. All sexually active women should have a dose of EC on hand, just in case.

While it is most effective if used within 72 hours, EC may still reduce the chance of pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected intercourse.

Family PACT and most insurance plans will cover the cost of Plan B. In addition, women 17 years of age and older may purchase Plan B over-the-counter without a prescription. Females under 17 must still obtain a prescription from a health care provider. Prescriptions for Plan B are available at Student Health Services.

For more information visit this Emergency Contraception website.

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Quit Smoking Program

Do It Your Way

Student Health Services (SHS) is pleased to offer help to students who are interested in fighting tobacco addiction. We know that every student is different, so we offer a range of smoking cessation methods in addition to our devoted support and encouragement. The following are available options:

Cool Turkey

A two-week program for those who want to quit without medication or other products.

Nicotine Replacement

Nicotine replacement systems (such as patches, lozenges and gum) help reduce the physical craving for nicotine. Heavy smokers benefit the most. Nicotine replacement begins the day you quit smoking and is tapered off as you become confident living as a non-smoker. Supplies are available at no charge to students.

Zyban/Wellbutrin or Chantix

Begin these nicotine-free pills one to two weeks before you quit; they can help reduce your urge to smoke. Talk to the SHS providers about these prescription medications which may be covered by your health insurance plan. Programs are also available that reimburse the cost of these medications if you do not have insurance.

Schedule an appointment with one of the SHS providers. We want you to be successful in this important fight. It is one of the most important things you will ever do for your health.

Helpful links:

The Health Benefits of Becoming a Non-Smoker

20 minutes after quitting

  • Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

12 hours after quitting

  • Carbon monoxide in blood drops to normal level.
  • Oxygen level in blood increases.

24 hours after quitting

  • Chance of heart attack decreases.

72 hours after quitting

  • Nicotine is completely out of your system.
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting

  • Circulation improves.
  • Exercise becomes easier.
  • Lung function increases up to 30%.

1 to 9 months after quitting

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
  • Cilia in lungs regain normal function, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce risk of infection.
  • Overall increase in energy level.

1 year after quitting

  • Excess risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 years after quitting

  • Lung cancer risk decreases substantially.
  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

10 years after quitting

  • Lung cancer risk drops to about half of that of a continuing smoker.
  • Other cancer risks decrease, such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas (there are 30 chemicals in tobacco that cause cancer).

Giving up cigarettes makes you victorious over a very powerful addiction and makes you feel like a winner!

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