Public Health Emergency

For a comprehensive list of infectious diseases and conditions, see Texas Department of State Health Services Infectious Diseases List.

What to Do

If you are feeling ill:

  • If you are a student, call Student Health Services, located at the Morton L. Rich building next to Brown College Magister's house, at 713-348-4966 to make an appointment.
    • Be prepared to describe your symptoms. Individuals with a potential communicable illness may be given specific directions.
    • Communicate your status to your college Magister.
    • Do not return to class and/or social activities until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without fever-reducing medications).
  • If you are faculty or staff, contact your physician and notify your supervisor to stay home from work until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without fever-reducing medications).
  • If you are unable to walk, or are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call REMS at 713-348-6000:
    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Change in mental status
    • Chest pain
    • Choking
    • Coughing up or vomiting blood
    • Fainting or loss of consciousness
    • Suicidal/homicidal feelings
    • Head or spine injury
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
    • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
    • Upper abdominal pain or pressure

How to Prepare

  • Stay on top of your immunization history and keep accurate records readily available.
  • Get the flu shot every year.
    • Student Health Services offers students the quadrivalent vaccine for $17. Students insured under Aetna Student Health can submit a form for full reimbursement of the vaccine cost.
  • Cover your cough and regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and running water.
  • Maintain your distance from those who are ill.
  • CDC Flu Season Information

How to Recover

  • Do not return to school and/or social activities until cleared to do so.
  • Coordinate making up missed assignments and classes with your Magister and professors.