Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Services


According to the CDC, this year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of high severity, with all states except Hawaii reporting elevated influenza activity. Oregon is reporting high, widespread flu activity, which is likely to continue for several more weeks.

Most people with the flu have mild illness and rest, fluids, and use of fever reducing medication at home is adequate to treat symptoms. However this year’s flu strain has caused serious complications in some individuals. People with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy or immunocompromising conditions are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should discuss antiviral drugs with their provider as soon as possible.

In adults, emergency warning signs of flu are

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worsening cough

If you’re not sure whether you require medical care, call the HCC (503-777-7281) and ask to speak to a nurse about your concerns.

Please help keep yourself and your community healthy and prevent the spread of the flu virus by taking these steps:

  • Self isolate: the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol).
  • Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated for flu should do so now. Local pharmacies have a supply of the vaccine, costs of which are generally covered by insurance. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you.
  • COVER YOUR COUGH AND YOUR SNEEZE with a tissue or cough/sneeze into the crook of your arm. Flu virus is most commonly spread by droplet when coughing, sneezing, or talking.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water; this can substantially reduce your risk of infection
  • Don’t share food and drink with others


Oregon Govenor Kate Brown has signed legislation that increases the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. The staff at the Health and Counseling Center can support students in taking steps toward tobacco cessation. We can help students evaluate their motivation and readiness to quit. The staff can also direct students to resources including counseling and support, or pharmacotherapy such as nicotine replacement patches or gum, and other options.

You can call 503/777-7281 or schedule an appointment online to talk about tobacco cessation. For more information regarding smoking cessation resources at the HCC, please click here.



Useful Links

Student Health Portal
Community Wellness
Pacific Source

Contact Information

To make an appointment, call or email.

Phone: 503-777-7281

Fax: 503-777-7209

We are located in the grey building on the west side of campus just north of 28 West (Community Safety).

Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

We are closed from noon to 1:00pm for lunch.

Walk-in Counseling Appointments
Mon - Fri at 3pm

After Hours Assistance
Nurse Advice Line/Community Careline: 800-607-5501

Mental Health Assistance/Crisis: ProtoCall: 866-432-1224

On campus: Community Safety: 503-788-6666 or 6666 from a campus phone

Off campus: Portland Police/Ambulance: 911

Diversity Mission Statement

The HCC embraces the inherent value of diversity and endeavors to promote a safe environment that respects and upholds the dignity and civil rights of all persons. We acknowledge the injustice and profound impact of discrimination and marginalization of individuals and groups. We strive to promote students’ ongoing academic, personal, and multicultural growth. We welcome dialogue of varying perspectives as we continue to expand our self-awareness and understanding of how diversity influences concepts of a holistic health and wellness practice.