Health Topics

Influenza (Flu)

Symptoms of the flu typically include some combination or all of the following:

  • A 100°F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

If you exhibit these symptoms, you should be careful to distinguish between the flu and the common cold. Generally, flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu than the cold.

In addition to getting your flu shot, there are simple, everyday actions to can take to prevent you and others from getting the flu.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue handy, try to cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm instead of your palms.
  • Wash your hands often with warm soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as you can. Germs spread this way.
  • If you believe you have the flu, stay home from work and classes to avoid spreading the virus. Your friends, classmates, and professors will thank you for it! Rest up too. Your body is only able to ward off the virus if your immune system is strong, and a lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. Make it a priority to eat well, too. A proper amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as drinks like tea and orange juice, can only help your body keep illness at bay.

    More information:

    The Common Cold

    Student Self-Care: Upper Respiratory Infections (aka cold or flu)

    Upper respiratory infections like the common cold and the flu are known for spreading from student to student around campus. Unfortunately, they are caused by viruses, so a doctor’s visit for antibiotics won’t be much help.

    Did you know?

  • Most colds and flu don’t require a doctor’s care.
  • Antibiotics will not help a sore throat if it’s not strep.
  • It’s normal to have a stuffy nose for up to 10 days.
  • Most colds last 10 days, but you may have symptoms for considerably longer.
  • The average cough lasts 17 days! (antibiotics don’t help with that either),
  • Thick, yellow-green nasal discharge is common with a cold and in most people will resolve without antibiotics.
  • Current guidelines recommend waiting at least 7-10 days before considering antibiotics for sinus infections.
  • You can significantly reduce your chances of getting sick in the first place. Check out how »

    In most cases, the only thing you can do for a bad cold is rest as much as possible and soothe your symptoms

    Other Drugs


    Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

    Your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is the percentage of your blood volume that is alcohol. The more you drink, the more your BAC increases. As BAC increases, alcohol's effects become less pleasant and more dangerous.

    Wisconsin defines legal intoxication for purposes of driving as having a BAC of 0.08 or greater, in most cases. But alcohol may affect driving skills at BACs of 0.05 or even lower.

    Remember, the only thing that can decrease your BAC is time–– not coffee or cold showers. Eating food during or shortly after drinking will only delay the speed at which the alcohol enters your bloodstream or your BAC reaches its peak level.



    Check your own BAC by...



    • Setting a limit before you start drinking. More is not always better.
    • Eating before you drink. Sandwich anyone?
    • Choosing drinks with lower alcohol concentrations. Stick to the beer.
    • Alternating a glass of water with each drink. Order it with your drink.
    • Knowing when you've had enough. Enjoy the buzz.


    Other Resources:

    State of Wisconsin and Madison Laws

    Alcohol Policies at Edgewood College

    Wisconsin DOT BAC Calculator

    Madison PD Policies and Fines


    Although the risk of exposure is unlikely, Edgewood College is following CDC’s guidance for universities.

    To provide the most up-to-date information, Edgewood is staying closely connected to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and leading public health resources.

    From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Health Advisory on Ebola

    Edgewood College is taking precautions, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, related to travel to the areas most affected by Ebola.

    The CDC has issued a travel warning that remains in effect for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. A travel alert has also been issued for travelers to Mali.

    Prior to departure, those planning to travel to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali should contact Health Services at 608-663-8334 to learn about both the risks and the protocol to follow upon your return.

    For more information, see the Edgewood College Health Services website at:

    STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

    Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Nearly half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) diagnosed each year are among young people aged 15–24 years. Women can have long term effects of these diseases, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. About 1 in 4 (26 percent) of all new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24 years. About 4 in 5 of these infections occur in males.

    Quick Tips:

    • If you are a sexually active female aged 25 years or younger, get tested every year for chlamydia. If left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to have children.
    • If you are diagnosed with an STD, notify your sex partners so they can be tested and receive treatment if needed. If your sex partner is diagnosed with an STD, you need to be evaluated, tested, and treated.
    • The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs, including HIV infection, are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
    • Latex male and female condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of some STDs.

    Sexually Transmitted Infections Resources for Testing and Treatment

    More Information:

    STD Facts:


    Wisconsin Tobacco QuitLine




    Dominican 122

    Please use the Lakeside entrance (facing Lake Wingra and the Siena Apartments)

    Phone:  (608) 663-8334
    Fax:  (608) 663-3394

    Campus Map

    Map to the Wellness Center 
    (Personal Counseling
    and Health Services)


    During Winter Break

    Health Services will close after regular hours on Thursday, 12/13/2018 and will reopen on Tuesday, 1/15/2019


    Health Services
    Open for Appointments

    Tuesday and Thursday
    First appointment:  9:00 am
    Last appointment:  3:00 pm

    (closed 12:00 - 1:00)


    An appointment with a Nurse Practitioner may be made for a Tuesday or Thursday.
    Availability can vary.  First appointment of the day is scheduled at 9:00 am, last appointment at 3:00 pm.

    To schedule an appointment:

    Visit Reception in Dominican 122
    Call Reception at (608) 663-8334
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (closed noon to 1:00)
    or self schedule online

    Patient Portal

    Use the patient portal to schedule your own appointments, email a provider, download test results, complete forms prior to a visit, and more.