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Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides comprehensive and confidential physical and mental health services for all full-time undergraduate students.  The Student Health Center also provides relevant health and wellness programming including screenings on nutrition, physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco, stress, and general wellness.

All visits to the health center are free. There is a charge for any testing or referrals off campus, as well as prescriptions dispensed by the providers.

Please note: The Student Health Center providers do NOT write absence notes or give excuses for illnesses or visits.


1/24/19 – CDC Flu & Antiviral Drug Treatment Updates

1/7/19 – FLU SHOT REMINDER – Prior to returning from winter break…

With the number of influenza cases rising nationwide, Health Services is encouraging all students who have not already received a flu shot to get one (for their protection and that of others) before returning to campus on 1/14/19.

11/28/18 – FLU SHOTS – It’s not too late!

If you missed the 3 flu shot clinics hosted on campus, please be sure to get your flu shot soon!  Vaccines are available at local pharmacies.  Please call Health Services (401-865-2422) if you need more information.


Health Services will host three student flu shot clinics this semester.  The dates and times for the clinics are:

  • Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018: 10:00am-1:00pm- ‘64 Hall
  • Tuesday, October 30th, 2018: 10:00am-1:00pm- ‘64 Hall
  • Wednesday, November 14th, 2018: 5:00pm-8:00pm- ’64 Hall

While walk-ins will be accepted, we strongly recommend students register online prior to attending.  To register:

  • Log-on to
  • Click: Register Now
  • Click: Flu
  • Click: College/University
  • Login: provcoll
  • Print your registration and bring it with you to the clinic

Students must bring their insurance card with them to the event.  There is no charge to those insured by: BCBS (Rhode Island or Federal only), Medicare Part B, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health, Tufts or Tufts/Carelink, Consolidated.  The cost for all others is $25.00 (cash, check or credit card).

Please contact Health Services at 401.865.2422 with any questions.


The Health Center has a limited number of flu shots available for students who have not yet gotten a vaccination.  Students must have an appointment for a vaccination, and should bring a printed, completed copy of the influenza consent form with them to their appointment.  Please call the 401.865.2422 to schedule an appointment.


Due to flu being widespread in Rhode Island, the Providence College Student Health Center will host a make-up flu vaccine clinic for all students, faculty, and staff on WEDNESDAY, January 24th.

  • CLINIC DATE: January 24th, 2018
  • TIME:  11am – 4pm
  • LOCATION: 64 Hall
  • COST: NO CHARGE – BCBS, Medicare Part B, United HealthCare, Neighborhood Health, Tufts, or Tufts/Carelink.  Different or no insurance, cost = $25 (Cash or Credit Card)
  • Please bring your insurance card or a picture of card to the clinic.
  • If you have questions, please call the Student Health Center at 865-2422.


The Rhode Island Department of Health has confirmed that the flu is widespread in Rhode Island.  This advisory includes prevention information, symptoms, and information about what to do if you contact the flu. In order to reduce the spread on the Providence College campus, students are reminded to:

  • Get a seasonal flu vaccine – it’s not too late!
  • Be vigilant about handwashing
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick

Influenza (Flu) Symptoms:
The influenza illness can include any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100 degrees or above) or feeling feverish/chills
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Students who are experiencing influenza-like symptoms should remain in their rooms, check their temperature, and contact the Student Health Center at 401.865.2422.  A staff member of Health Services will assist students in following the appropriate influenza protocol.  After-hours and on weekends, students should call campus EMS at 401.865.2391 for assistance.

For Those with Influenza:
If diagnosed with influenza, students will be given a “Flu Bag” that will contain: masks, disposable thermometers, OTC medications to be used as needed to help with symptoms, and information about the flu with self-care measures.

If diagnosed with influenza, students should:

  • Make arrangements to go home or self-isolate in their room until free of fever for 24 hours
  • Call health services daily (401-865-2422) and report fever and health status
  • Get extra rest, good nutrition, and lots of fluids (water, juice, PowerAde and Gatorade are best)
  • Notify RA for getting extra help in the residence halls
  • Email professors to let them know you will be out of class
  • Find a friend/roommate/RA/health services staff to utilize your ID card to purchase meals/food on your behalf in the dining halls
  • Inform their roommates if they have chronic health conditions such as respiratory issues, diabetes or immunosuppression, to call Health Services at 401.865.2422.

For students who choose to go home, please notify the Student Health Center at 401-865-2422 when you return to campus.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and RI DOH recommend that people with influenza-like illness remain at home/out of the classroom until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100), or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medications.  If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as chronic respiratory issues, diabetes, or immunosuppression, call the Student Health Center immediately.

The CDC has published additional information online about the flu and antiviral drug treatment.

Emergency Warning:
If you develop a high fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, confusion or flu-like symptoms improve but then return with high fever and worse cough, immediately call and report these symptoms to health services at 401.865.2422 or dial campus emergency at 401.865.2222.