Ensuring the accessibility and delivery of high quality clinical services in an inclusive and respectful environment. Open to all registered students of SUNY Old Westbury, the Student Health Center promotes wellness through education, disease prevention, treatment and maintenance of healthy lifestyle practices.
Welcome to Old Westbury and greetings from the Student Health Center!
We want you to be successful during your time with us and beyond, and that includes your health and wellness, too. So please review our website for information on what we offer, how to access our services and general health and wellness advice. We are emerging from a worldwide pandemic and we seem to be encountering other viruses in its wake, so please keep in mind the following:
- Hand Hygiene is crucial to protect from so many infections. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds-sing the Happy Birthday song 2-3 times and you'll start to smile!
- Please have a copy of your health insurance information with you on campus.
- Please know what medications you take and what medical conditions or allergies you have, and names and phone numbers of doctors who are treating you.
- Please be up-to-date on your childhood vaccinations- no one wants to suffer from re-emerging diseases like measles or polio that were once very rare in the United States.
- Consider getting the flu shot on campus when we offer it.
- Try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep each night, stay hydrated by drinking water often and especially when you are thirsty, and try to eat a well-balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.
- If you are unwell, please notify us.
Fall & Spring Semester Hours
- Monday & Tuesday- 8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. (last appointment is at 6:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday- 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last appointment is at 4:30 p.m.)
Summer Hours (5/23/22-9/1/22)
- Monday-Friday- 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last appointment is at 4:30 p.m.)
- Monday - 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Tuesday – 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (No evening hours during Summer Recess)
- Thursday - 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 12: 00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
After clinic hours, call University Police at 516-876-3333 in cases of emergency.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 vaccinations
Questions about what students should do regarding vaccinations as they prepare to begin classes in spring 2022.
Are students required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend suny old westbury?
All students who will access campus facilities in person for classes or otherwise are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as per the SUNY COVID-19 Student Vaccination Policy. Students must present proof of vaccination or receive an approved religious or medical exemption to attend in person classes or access on campus facilities. Students who do not provide evidence of compliance or obtain a medical or religious exemption will be administratively withdrawn from their classes (i.e. de-registered) in accordance with pre-existing withdrawal and financial liability policies.
Are Students Reuqired to receive COVID-19 boosters?
The Covid-19 booster is not required, but all students are encouraged to receive the Covid-19 booster dose when eligible.
For International Students
Will suny old westbury accept any vaccine that has been approved by W.H.O.?
Yes, The New York State Department of Health has advised, in accordance with CDC recommendations, that completing a WHO-approved vaccine series is acceptable as proof of being fully vaccinated.
The current list of WHO-approved vaccines can be found here. A vaccine is approved if "Finalized" appears in the column called "Status of Assessment."
What do I do if I have already been vaccinated with a non-WHO approved vaccine?
There is currently no guidance from SUNY, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the New York State Department of Health that addresses this question. SUNY Old Westbury hopes and expects that New York state will allow any international student who was not able to receive a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine to receive an approved vaccine when they arrive in Old Westbury.
How do we deal with vaccination records that are not in English?
All health information requirements must be presented in English or accompanied by a translation. Students who require translation of documents can use one of the many translation services available on the internet.
Frequently Asked Questions about Monkeypox
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is an infection spread by close personal contact – skin-to-skin contact with someone who has active lesions caused by the Monkeypox virus, or through kissing and other face-to face or face to body contact with someone with active lesions, including through sex with someone with lesions or through sharing items like bedding, towels, clothes, cups.
Although it is currently spreading readily in the community of men who have sex with men, it is not a sexually-transmitted disease – it can infect anyone in contact with someone with Monkeypox.
How is monkeypox prevented?
Prevention is key to helping stop the spread of Monkeypox. Please limit the number of sex partners you have, use condoms, and do not have in-person sex if you or your sex partner have any symptoms or lesions. Please do not share sex toys, or towels, bedding, utensils or clothing with anyone if you or they have symptoms. Please exchange contact information with any sexual partners to allow for contact tracing if necessary.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Symptoms can start between 5-21 days after infection with the virus.
Symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, and a rash either before these flu-like symptoms, or after. Some people don’t even feel flu-like symptoms. Some get many lesions, some get a few.
The rash consists of lesions that can look like pimples or blisters or ulcers, and can be on the face, chest, back, arms, and legs, but are often seen in the anogenital region – on the penis, testicles, vagina, rectum, anus and in the mouth.
The lesions can be incredibly painful, so much so that depending on where they are, it can make eating, or going to the bathroom, very painful.
We can make a diagnosis by swabbing a lesion and sending it to a lab, which can take several days to a return a result.
What do i do if Diagnosed with Monkeypox?
Symptoms usually take 2-4 weeks to resolve. You are no longer contagious once all the lesions have crusted over, fallen off, and new skin appears. Until that time you must remain isolated and not attend in-person classes or activities. Considering the length of the isolation period, residential students living on campus must isolate at home or elsewhere off campus until healed. We have only a very limited number of isolation rooms on campus should a residential student not be able to isolate off campus. We will clear infected students to return to campus and classes by appointment at the Student Health Center.
How is monkeypox treated?
TPOXX is an antiviral pill that can lessen the pain of the lesions, and help one get better quicker, but access to this medication is extremely limited now. Until there is adequate supply at local pharmacies, we may refer you to the nearest emergency room to try to obtain TPOXX.
Is there a vaccine for Monkeypox?
The vaccine, Jynneos, can protect against Monkeypox if it is given to people at high risk of contracting Monkeypox. This same vaccine can be given if someone had a high-risk exposure, or even if they have been infected – it is believed that the vaccine can prevent symptoms from starting or prevent symptoms from worsening if they already started.
There are vaccination sites in Nassau County managed by Northwell with appointments made online only or through Nassau University Medical Center by calling 516-486-6862 to make appointments. Click here for more information