Message from the Director
Welcome to the Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center, which provides acute and ongoing care to approximately 4,800 undergraduate students and over 2,000 graduate students. Our dedicated, professional staff offers a host of services, including acute care, routine examinations, immunizations, lab services, gynecological examinations and contraceptive counseling.
We also have a wellness resource area with over-the-counter medications, and a relaxation room with massage chairs. No appointment is necessary for these services
Our goals are to help individuals stay healthy in pursuit of academic success, and to foster the public health of the campus community.
Susan C. Kitei, MD
Director, Student Health Services
FLU HAS ARRIVED: As of the first week of February, the Health and Wellness Center, as a state Department of Health influenza surveillance site, has confirmed flu in several of our students.
The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated each and every year. The strain of flu found in our students is included in this year's vaccine. None of the confirmed flu cases had received the flu vaccine: It's not too late to get your FLU Shot! We always encourage washing your hands frequently and covering coughs and sneezes. Those who have symptoms of the flu are advised to stay out of class until at least 24 hours passes without fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. The Health and Wellness Center is able to prescribe tamiflu, which may be helpful if started up to 48 hours after symptoms have started in low risk healthy individuals.
For more advice, studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/
Zika Virus Information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel alert to highlight countries where Zika virus is prevalent. The Zika virus is spread by mosquitos and is therefore most prevalent in tropical environments. Generally, symptoms are mild and include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), lasting a few days to a week. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika, severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Rest, fluids and over the counter medicines such as Tylenol can be used to treat symptoms.
Travelers can limit their exposure to Zika (and other mosquito-borne illnesses like Malaria, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya) by taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
Zika is linked to a specific birth defect called microcephaly. This link is so strong that the CDC issued travel guidance for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant, warning them to avoid visiting places where the virus is currently circulating. Such travelers should regularly review the travel alert for updates as more countries are likely to be added to the list.
If you are concerned about a risk of exposure to Zika related to upcoming travel, contact a specialist in travel medicine, such as St Luke’s treavel clinic. Pregnant women, or women planning to become pregnant, should consult with their OB/GYN.
Last revised: 1/29/2016
It's never been easier to make an appointment!
- Make it online (at least one hour and up to two weeks in advance) by clicking on the patient portal (OSH) and following the simple instructions. This link is active 24/7/365.
- Call 610-758-3870 during office hours to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm.
NOTE: Students who miss an appointment without notifying our office at least 30 minutes in advance with be charged $5 (to their bursar account) for each missed appointment.
Clinician on-call for urgent matters (non-emergency)
How to contact on-call clinician:
- Call our office at 610-758-3870
- Tell the answering service you'd like a call from the on-call Health and Wellness Center clinician.
- Give your full name and telephone number
- A nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician from our office will call you back
Lehigh University students who feel they cannot wait until the Health Center is open, may utilize the local Emergency Departments:
St Luke's University Hospital (the closest hospital to campus)
800 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pa 18015
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg
Route 22 and Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017
or go to one of the following Urgent Care Centers:
- Saucon Valley Medical Center, phone: 610-625-9090, 4801 Saucon Creek Rd, Center Valley, PA 18034
- Airport Road Emergicenter, phone: 610-264-5844, 1791 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109
- St. Luke’s North, phone: 484-526-3000, 153 Broadhead Rd, Bethlehem, PA, 18017
- Care on Demand, phone: 877-247-8080, 2310 Highland Avenue, Bethlehem, 18020
- Patient First, phone: (484) 403-7560, 2310 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017