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Take the Asthma Control Test and see how well your symptoms are currently controlled. Then, check out these resources for information about asthma, its treatment, and how to use and maintain your equipment to improve your breathing. Also, print the Asthma Action Plan [pdf] and it to Lafene for your first medical appointment to learn how to better control your asthma.
There are athletic trainers available at K-State Recreational Services to assess your injury and provide immediate first aid and recommend follow-up treatment.
David M. Smith, M.D. is the Director of the Eriksen Sports Medicine Clinic at Lafene. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School and is Board Certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. He has had a private practice with Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Consultants. The Sports Medicine Clinic provides evaluation and treatment of sports related injuries, to include information and advice on fitness, injury prevention, and health effects of exercise. Appointments may be made by calling 785.532.6544.
The Kansas Board of Regents offers student health insurance through a Student Health Insurance Plan.
Health care services can be costly, often accruing medical care bills quickly. As a student at K-State, a student health fee is included in your tuition each semester. The Student Health Fee allows the student to see a healthcare provider at Lafene Health Center free of charge. This fee also entitles access to all services provided at the Health Center.
Students needing ancillary (other) services or procedures such as laboratory tests, x-rays, physical therapy treatments, medications or medical supplies will be assessed a charge, customarily much less than you would have to pay in the general community. There will be a charge for physical exams for employment, etc. which require forms and/or letters to be completed by a provider. Charges incurred at Lafene Health Center are the responsibility of the student. Any question concerning the cost of a procedure or service should be directed to the Business Office.
The health center is not open at night. Also, persons with life threatening emergencies cannot be treated at the health center. For these situations, students are directed to call 911 or Mercy Health Center—785.776.3322.
See the Health Insurance Information internet resources.
Kansas Board of Regents policy, effective starting the fall semester of 2006, requires all incoming students residing in university housing at a Regent's institution be vaccinated for meningitis or sign a waiver declining the vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and American College Health Association recommend that you consider several immunizations or screenings before entering college. (Tuberculosis screening is required for all students who have lived in a "high risk" foreign country for over 3 months before enrollment at K-State is allowed.) These vaccinations/tests can be obtained from your local physician, health department or Lafene Health Center (call 785.532.6544 for an appointment). Follow these links for more information about immunizations and other health policies for students attending K-State.
Lafene's Allergy and Immunization Clinic can help you get up-to-date with your immunizations. Call 785.532.6544 to schedule a consult and develop a plan for obtaining missed vaccinations.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Flu is spread through respiratory droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air. It may also be spread by virus that remains on hands after coughing or sneezing that gets spread to others through common use items such as phones, doorknobs, desks and keyboards.
From the CDC (www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm#3)
If these signs develop, seek medical care right away.
Students should call the Office of Student Life at 785.532.6432 or your college's dean's office for assistance in notifying your professors and information about working with them to make up missed work.
Interim Guidance for Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu):
Caring for Someone Sick at Home
Once your temperature stays in normal range (96°- 99°F) for 24 hours without using fever reducing medicine.
Yes, Lafene's full-service Pharmacy provides drug information, fills prescriptions and offers prescribed and non-prescription medications for purchase. You can transfer an existing prescription to the pharmacy, too. Most medications are offered at or near cost and claims for prescription drugs can be filed with most insurance companies at the time of service. If you have prescription drug insurance, don't forget to bring your card with you. If the Pharmacy is not provided with current, accurate insurance information at the time of service, insurance filing becomes the patient's responsibility. The pharmacy receipt given with your prescription may be used in self-filing for all insurance carriers.
Many pharmaceutical companies offer patient medication assistance programs to help people afford necessary medications. Ask your health care provider if the medication you are using might qualify under one of these programs. The company will require that you complete a form so they can determine eligibility. Some of the pharmaceutical companies are listed with links to their specific program information.
A change in lifestyle may involve an increased risk for weight gain. By recognizing unhealthy habits early in your college career, you can take action to prevent major weight changes. The American Dietetic Association links college weight gain to "all-you-can-eat dining facilities, evening snacks, empty-calorie food choices and recent dieting experiences." Some guidelines are:
If you have further questions, read about Lafene's Nutritional Counseling and/or call 785.532.6544 to schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian.
Remember, you don't have to try everything at once...it will be served again. Enjoy the entire dining experience which includes socializing with friends. Take your time and be mindful of what you eat.
If you need additional information, contact Lafene at 785.532.6544 and schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian.
The amount of fuel (or calories) you need each day depends on your age, sex, size, and how physically active you are. An estimate of your daily needs may be found at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
For a more specific, individualized assessment of your energy and nutrient needs, call 785.532.6544 to schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian.
Most health experts recommend using common sense and moderation when consuming caffeine. Most health organizations define moderate as no more than 300 milligrams or the equivalent of three cups of coffee per day. More importantly, you should not replace your daily water intake with caffeinated beverages. Caffeine is not addictive in the same way as nicotine and alcohol but it can cause you to experience side effects if you are used to large quantities and then stop consuming it. Side effects may include headaches, irregular heart beats, trembling, fatigue and mood changes. Withdrawal from caffeine should be gradual.
S.N.A.C. stands for Sensible Nutrition And body image Choices. This peer educator group presents information to campus groups about healthy eating strategies and body image. Call Health Promotion at 785.532.6595 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a presentation.
Currently, peer educators are recruited from the K-State Dietetics, Kinesiology and Human Nutrition degree programs. However, other interested students are welcome to apply to become a SNAC peer educator. An application is available by calling or stopping by the Health Promotion department at Lafene (Room 268, 785.532.6595) or call Dianna Schalles (785.532.5240) if you have questions.
Become a "K.I.S.S."er—a K-Stater Inspired to Stop Smoking. Lafene Health Center can help you quit smoking. Assistance is provided through one-on-one sessions, e-mail/phone support, and support groups as desired. E-mail email@example.com for information. Check out what the benefits are to stopping smoking and use online and other resources to help you quit smoking.
Lafene stocks nicotine replacement therapy such as Nicotine gum, Nicotine patch and the Nicotine inhaler. There is also a Nicotine nasal spray; however, it is not available through the Lafene pharmacy. The pharmacy also has bupropion (Zyban) on hand. A pharmacist can answer your questions regarding cost. Some over-the-counter therapies may be purchased at local pharmacies as well. Your Lafene healthcare provider can discuss appropriate options and therapies with you. Make an appointment by calling 785.532.6544.
Abstinence is the Voluntary refraining from indulgence of an appetite or craving..restraint of one's appetites or desires. In the case of sexual abstinence, it is the absence of sexual activity. In other words, no sexual activity!
Lafene offers STD testing (including HIV) and counseling for both men and women. Women can obtain testing through the Women's Clinic and men through the General Clinic. Appointments may be made by calling 785.532.6544.
is the least likely to allow microscopic organisms (sperm,
bacteria, viruses) to pass through.
Condom Information —American Social Health Association (ASHA).
"When used consistently and correctly, male latex condoms are effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV infection and can reduce the risk for other STDs (i.e., gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas). However, because condoms do not cover all exposed areas, they are likely to be more effective in preventing infections transmitted by fluids from mucosal surfaces (e.g., gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and HIV) than in preventing those transmitted by skin-to-skin contact (e.g., herpes simplex virus [HSV], HPV, syphilis, and chancroid)." Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines 2010.
A PAP test is a simple and relatively painless test that obtains cells from a woman's cervix and a certified cytotechnologist evaluates the cells for abnormalities which may be indicative of cervical cancer. STD testing involves a variety of laboratory tests, depending on which disease is suspected, and is done to determine the presence of sexually transmitted disease.
S.H.A.P.E. Stands for Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators. Check out the S.H.A.P.E. website for more information. Call Health Promotion at 785.532.6595 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a presentation that meets your scheduling needs.
S.H.A.P.E. is a campus organization and has an open membership policy. Students may volunteer with the group. S.H.A.P.E. is also a course worth three University General Education (UGE) or K-State 8 credits. In addition to becoming a peer educator, members gain leadership experience, improve public speaking skills, & inform peers about being safer. New classes begin each semester. Candidates are required to complete an application process. Interested students should contact the Health Promotion department at Lafene Health Center at 785.532.6595 or e-mail email@example.com.
According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, active TB disease can be prevented if screening is provided for those at high risk. What makes a country "high-risk" are the numbers of cases of active TB disease in the population. Coughing is the primary means of transmission through germs in air droplets. It has the potential to be very contagious.
Testing for TB is required of several other groups. Annual TB testing is required for some U.S. health care workers and encouraged for all those persons working with at risk patients. All persons who spend or have spent more than 3 months in a high-risk country must also be tested. These groups, in addition to international students from high-risk countries, are at higher risk for TB than most K-State students.
Most of the universities in the Big 12 Conference require TB testing of International Students from high-risk countries. These include: University of Colorado, Texas A & M, Baylor University, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Oklahoma State University. There is currently a nationwide trend to implement mandatory TB testing of international students from high-risk countries.
You can enroll in courses at K-State even if your TB test is positive. If you have a positive test, you will be required to get a chest x-ray to determine if you have active TB disease. (Persons receiving chest x-rays will be assessed a charge, customarily much less than you would have to pay in the general community.) Prophylactic medication to prevent active TB disease will be provided free of charge if you choose to be treated.
Upon completion of required testing, you will be able to enroll in K-State courses.
Returning to your home country would be an option for you if you have active TB disease.
TB treatment is available here in Manhattan. The Riley County Health Department and your Lafene Health care provider would monitor your care according to guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control.
Please see the TB Internet Resource List for detailed information regarding testing, treatment, and active TB disease.
Testing must be done in the USA. Test results from outside the United States will not be accepted. If you are tested in the United States prior to arriving at Kansas State University, bring the test results to Lafene Health Center as soon as you arrive at K-State.
Yes, most health insurance will cover costs according to the coverage outlined in the policy. Percentage of coverage will most likely vary between insurance companies.
At Kansas State University—Lafene Health Center, the TB test and the chest x-ray are charged services. Call the Business Office for the current cost. Prophylactic drug therapy is free provided by Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Drugs required to treat active TB disease are free—provided by Kansas Department of Health and Environment. (If the TB test is positive and the chest x-ray is abnormal, the cost of differentiating TB from other diseases such as cancer can amount to many thousands of dollars.)