The Health Services Center helps students with health problems, and/or immunization needs that significantly affect your ability to remain in school and graduate. We offer free services, resources and information such as brochures, pamphlets, videos, and referrals on various issues, included but not limited to:
Free Immunization Clinics are offered on campus periodically throughout the year.
The State of New York requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957 to present proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). You must submit proof that you've been immunized for measles, mumps and rubella to complete your enrollment. You will not be able to register for classes until proof of immunization is submitted. Please submit your immunization records or a completed Immunization form to the health Services Center located in room MN40 or by fax to (718) 609-2016.
Acceptable proof of immunization must include two doses of measles vaccine and one dose of mumps and rubella vaccine. All students, both degree and non-degree, who register for six or more tuition units must comply with this law. Students who are not in compliance with all immunization requirements will be excluded from classes and given an administrative withdrawal grade for all classes.
All colleges are required to distribute information about meningococcal meningitis and vaccination to all students enrolled regardless of age. Students are required to sign and submit a MENINGITIS RESPONSE FORM to demonstrate receipt of the meningococcal disease and vaccine information or a record of the immunization within the past 10 years.
Meningococcal Meningitis Response form.
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream or meninges(a thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord).
Who gets meningococcal disease?
Anyone can get meningococcal disease, but it is more common in infants and children. For some college students, such as freshmen living in dormitories, there is an increased risk of meningococcal disease. Between 100 and 125 cases of meningococcal disease occur on college campuses every year in the United States; between 5 and 15 college students die each year as result of infection. Other persons at increased risk include household contacts of a person known to have had this disease, and people traveling to parts of the world where meningitis is prevalent.
How is the germ meningococcus spread?
The meningococcus germ is spread by direct close contact with nose or throat discharges of an infected person. Many people carry this particular germ in their nose and throat without any signs of illness, while others may develop serious symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
High fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and a rash are symptoms of meningococcal disease. Among people who develop meningococcal disease, 10-15% die, in spite of treatment with antibiotics. Of those who live, permanent brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, loss of arms or legs, or chronic nervous system problems can occur.
How soon do the symptoms appear?
The symptoms may appear two to 10 days after exposure, but usually within five days.
What is the treatment for meningococcal disease?
Antibiotics, such as penicillin G or ceftriaxone, can be used to treat people with meningococcal disease.
Is there a vaccine to prevent meningococcal meningitis?
Yes, a safe and effective vaccine is available. The vaccine is 85% to 100% effective in preventing four kinds of bacteria (serogroups A, C, Y, W-135) that cause about 70% of the disease in the United States. The vaccine is safe, with mild and infrequent side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to 2 days. After vaccination, immunity develops with 7 to 10 days and remains effective for approximately 3 to 5 years. As with any vaccine, vaccination against meningitis may not protect 100% of all susceptible individuals.
How do I get more information about meningococcal disease and vaccination?
Contact your family physician or your student health service. Additional information is also available on the following websites:
Emergency medical care is available at LaGuardia Community College 24 hours a day, through a combined effort from the Public Safety Department and the Health Services Center.
Monday through Friday services are available from the Health Services Center which is staffed by two emergency medical trained personnel.
The hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - any emergency occurring outside the Health Services Center hours of operations will be handled directly by Public Safety.
In the event of an emergency remain calm and:
If you are requesting medical attention (non emergency) go to the Health Services Center located at MB40.
The Health Services Center promotes health and wellness at LaGuardia. We have Insurance Facilitators on campus during the day and evening to help students obtain free or low cost Health Insurance. Students can compare health plans and choose which one is best for them for medical coverage. Their locations are in the C Building/ E Building and M Building lobbies.
Information is available from the following health providers:
The Health Education Learning Project and Services program(Known as "HELPS" provide essential health services to the LaGuardia community for free. The program offers screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (STD's/STI's), HIV/AIDS counseling as well as referrals to health and social services agencies. Counseling and testing are provided on a confidential basis. Learn more.
The HELPS Program can be accessed by calling (718) 482- 5280 or stopping by the Health Services Center, Room MB40. Simply inform the receptionist that you require medical services. If you think you may be risk, or you would like preventative care information, call or stop by. Remember that these health services are totally free.
Only you and the counselor have privilege to the information discussed in your counseling sessions. The College does not keep a record of your visit.
A vital component of the HELPS Program is the training of Peer Health Educators. For information on becoming a Peer Health Educators please call or stop by the Health Services Center.
The Health Education Learning Project and Services Program is a collaborative health services initiative developed by the following organizations:
Students who experience a medical incident that prevents them from continuing their classes can apply for a Medical Leave.
A Medical Leave of Absence means that you will receive grades of "W" for all courses taken during the period covered by the requested leave.Students requesting a Medical Leave of Absence are required to do so within six months following the end of the session in which the disability occurred.
To be eligible for a Medical Leave of Absence, you are required to submit a letter from your treating physician. Please bring the physician's letter to the Health Services Center (MB40) as soon as possible, so that your academic record will not be jeopardized.
The letter from the treating physician or hospital – on official letterhead and/or doctor’s stamp must contain the following information:
Gay Men's Health Crisis AIDS Walk New York
AIDS Walk New York is a 10- kilometer fundraising walkathon. AIDS Walk New York is the world's largest AIDS fundraising event. AIDS Walk New York benefits GMHC - the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive AIDS service organization. GMHC provides services to more than 15,000 men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS as well as their families. The priority has always been to have the money raised go directly to vital services for people living with HIV or AIDS.
American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer If it hasn't already, breast cancer will likely touch you or someone you know. The disease will strike more than 200,000 times this year and claim more than 40,000 lives. Making Strides is a non-competitive walk designed to increase awareness, foster camaraderie and raise funds for breast cancer research, patient services, education and advocacy. Join Making Strides to help make breast cancer a thing of the past.
This Health Fair is held annually in May. Organizations are invited to provide literature and testing services on various health related issues to the college community and network with students to provide additional services.
World AIDS Day Commemoration
In recognition of World AIDS Day, December 1st, the Health Services Center hosts a commemoration ceremony in remembrance of those individuals we have loss in the battle and those who continue to fight against HIV/AIDS. Organizations throughout the boroughs are invited to provide STD/STI information, testing and other health services. We strive to provide the community with education and preventative methods to help eliminate high risk behaviors.
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Health Services Center Room: BA22; Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. C235; Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (718) 482 - 5280 Fax: (718) 609 - 2016 31-10 Thomson Avenue Room MB40 Long Island City, NY 11101