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Student Health Services...where all HEALTH breaks loose.

Health Services is committed to providing an environment that enhances the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and mental health of the college community through accessible preventative, educational, and basic health care services.

We are your connection to better health!

According to the National College Health Assessment, stress and illness due to the cold or flu are the most common causes of academic failure. That’s right. In addition to attending classes, studying, and other factors, your success at Tompkins Cortland may depend simply on staying healthy

Pertussis is in our community

When a cough isn’t ‘just a cough’

Got a cough that won’t leave you alone? Most coughs are a symptom of an upper respiratory infection -  such as a cold or the flu- and can only get better with time. The cough may start out as wet (coughing up phlegm) but then turns into a dry cough. A cough is caused by inflammation of the nose and throat that irritates nerves in the respiratory tract. Coughs caused by viruses last two to four weeks.

What happens if the cough continues to get worse and interferes with sleep or activities of daily life? Coughs that become violent and cause a gasp for air (whoop) may be whooping cough. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by bacteria and is contagious. It is can be dangerous to infants and children.  Pertussis is treated with antibiotics.

The symptoms of whooping cough start out just like a cold, such as a runny nose and low fever, but after about ten days instead of getting better, the cough becomes very violent.  If you have a cough such as this, see your health care provider or schedule an appointment or call or stop by the Health Center for an appointment. We are located in Room 118A next to Campus Police. We can be reached by phone by calling 607-844-8222 x 4487.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m Mon-Fri

Further information about pertussis can be found by following these links:

24/7 Virtual health center now available!

No Deductibles. No Co-Pays. No Waiting Rooms. No Problem!

Upstate%20Concierge%20MedicineTompkins Cortland is proud to offer our new virtual health center to all our part time and full time students for just $6/month. We have partnered with Upstate Concierge Medicine to provide you affordable, quality healthcare services 24/7/365. These services can save you valuable time and money by avoiding unnecessary trips to the doctors office, urgent care and ER. With our virtual health center you will have unlimited access to local Physicians and Physician Assistants via phone, video, email and text messaging. They can diagnose, treat, prescribe medications when appropriate, order labs/x-rays and make recommendations to the best specialist in the area. Some examples of what they commonly treat are cough, cold, flu, UTIs, sinus infections, vomiting, rashes, pink eye, minor injuries, fever, sore throat, rashes and any medical questions or concerns you have.

Upstate Concierge services does not replace your primary care doctor or the Health Center, and because they are local, they can communicate with your primary care doctor and the Health Center. 

Don't forget to download the Upstate Concierge Medicine app on the App store or Google play. You can simply search Upstate Concierge Medicine (UCM) on your phone or download it from their website. 

You can find out much more information on the UCM website,

Chat with Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood ChatIt’s not always easy to talk about health issues, but Planned Parenthood has a well-earned reputation for providing professional, friendly, understanding service – and now Planned Parenthood is available to chat through Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Your chat will begin with a five-question survey that will help match you with the correct health educator. You will also be asked for your ZIP code (you can use ours, 13053).

You will be asked for your name, but it is completely optional. Your chat will be entirely private. Ask Planned Parenthood about pregnancy, abortion, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs – anything. It’s what they do.

Prevention is the Key

“Prevention is the key!”  Sound familiar? If you remember anything at all from the pandemic flu of 2009, the message to wash your hands, practice social distancing and stay at home if you have a fever or other symptoms of the flu should be very familiar. Hopefully the message is more than repetitive words and is a practice of daily life.

Although the Pandemic H1N1 influenza 2009 is no longer, influenza (flu) still exists. In fact the Center for Disease Control has noted flu has hit the epidemic level in the United States. Gastroenteritis, upper respiratory infections (congestion, coughing and sneezing) as well as MRSA (staphylococcus infections) have also made their way onto campus along with the students.

Prevention is still the key….and it’s not just for the flu.

  • wash your hands
  • cover your cough and sneezes
  • practice social distancing
  • stay home if you are ill

All of these practices help protect you from becoming ill and prevent the spread of illness.

For further information about seasonal flu, visit the CDC.

 Your health is in your hands!

Zika News

 In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with locally acquired cases identified in Brazil. As of February 1, 2016, local transmission has been identified in at least 25 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico. Further spread to other countries in the region is likely.

With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika virus disease cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase. These imported cases may result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the continental United States, meaning these imported cases may result in human-to-mosquito-to-human spread of the virus.

Zika virus has been in the news recently because of the possible link to microencephaly in infants whose mother was infected by the virus during pregnancy.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

For further information visit

Maintain a healthy immune system to boost your chances of reducing the severity of an illness (or even avoid it all together).

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes and mouth.
  • Keep your distance from others when you or they have a cough.
  • Make sure your diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables balanced with other major food groups.
  • Get some sleep! Your body needs to recover AND your brain needs to process lots of new information each day.
  • Exercise at least a little bit every day.
  • Don’t let stress get to you. Learn ways to manage stress that work for you.

On Vaccinations

Vaccination: How Personal Belief Came to Outweigh Public Health

This NY Times article and video discusses the importance of vaccination to public health.

Health Insurance

Tompkins Cortland no longer mandates students to carry a health insurance policy. We are concerned that students may be uninsured or not have adequate coverage for the Tompkins/Cortland county area.  If a serious illness or emergency occurs that demands attention from a medical provider or hospital in the Tompkins/Cortland area, the expense can create a financial burden.

Although students may use Health Services while enrolled, insurance is still recommended should a referral to a community health care provider be needed. If you do not have health insurance, please refer to the Health Insurance Marketplace for policies available in New York State.

Heroin/Opioid Education

Due to the growing concern in the state, Governor Cuomo has mandated heroin/opioid education for all new students in the SUNY system.

The Options Program

The Options Program is Tompkins Cortland Community College’s confidential, short-term alcohol and drug education and counseling service. 

The mission of the Options Program is to support student learning and promote campus and community wellness by reducing alcohol and other drug abuse and related consequences. 

Student Health 101 eMagazine

magazineCheck out the new monthly eMagazine devoted to student health – Student Health 101. There is a separate issue each month customized for parents and student advocates.



Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by the Alice! Health Promotion Program at Columbia University, a division of Health Services at Columbia. Information provided by Go Ask Alice! is not medical advice and not meant to replace consultation with a health care professional.

Community Coalition for Healthy Youth

Community Coalition for Healthy New York

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Learn more about sexually transmitted infection from the Tompkins County Health Department.

Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive

  • Now available in the Student Health Center, Room 118A
  • No appointment necessary
  • Must be 17 years old.
  • $15.00

Cold and Flu Health Information

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are some helpful tips that can get you through.

Do you have to be ill to use the Health Center?

Of course not. We encourage students to take charge of their health by engaging in activities that promote optimal wellness. Such activities include making healthy life-style choices and becoming knowledgeable about personal self-care. No question is considered too trivial. Feel free to stop by or make an appointment concerning your health questions.

607.844.8222, Ext. 4487

Stomach “Bug”

Gannett Health Services at Cornell has information that may help you if you come down with viral gastroenteritis.

Health Excuse Policy

Health Services does not provide excuses for routine illnesses, injuries, and mental health problems that may lead to missed classes, labs, exams, or deadlines. This policy resembles those of most other post secondary institutions and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association. The College expects that students are honest with their professors regarding their ability to complete work, and professors are expected to work with students on these issues within the clear expectations that they set for their students. Counseling staff are available to discuss concerns about attendance or other issues.

Assistance with serious, ongoing illness or injury

When a student is hospitalized or has a serious ongoing illness or injury, Health Services will contact the Dean of Students office to coordinate communication with the student’s professors with student consent. If documented academic accommodations are necessary, Health Services will contact the Coordinator for Access and Equity.

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