Student Health Services

Student Health Services
Care at the Bard College Student Health Service is based on a holistic approach to treating students. Our goal is to promote optimum physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through education, preventative and primary care.

We believe that health care is a partnership between
the student and the health care provider.

All students are eligible to be seen at Health Service, regardless of their insurance coverage.
LGBTQK friendly.


Due to staff illness, there will be limited routine (e.g; STI testing) appointments available and evening hours may be affected. Thank you for understanding. 

1. Bard Health Service and Your Insurance
      * Your basic assessment at the health service to consult with us about a problem is part of your college service and is not billed to your health insurance.  Your visit with us is confidential.
      * Your health insurance information is used when labs are sent out to LabCorp, or when medications are prescribed at the pharmacy.
      * Because we are not in charge of your insurance plan, we cannot guarantee whether or not the lab, pharmacy or insurance company might send information to your home address.
      * If you have concerns about information that may be sent to your home, it is your responsibility to speak directly with your insurance company to clarify their policy on confidentiality.
      * If this is a concern, we can help you find alternative ways for tests to be done to ensure your privacy.

The Flu is on campus and is rampant in New York State. This year, the vaccine is a match (Influenza A) and so those who got vaccinated will be less likely to get sick and, if they do get infected, will tend to be less sick for less time.. 

The symptoms, which can last a few days to over a week, include:
     * Fever>100'F     * Headache     * Body aches     * Dry raspy cough (can last for weeks)     * Congestion/runny nose     *Fatigue/weakness

​There is no cure for the flu, however, there are some treatments and medications that can help with the symptoms. 
     REST is essential, get at least 8-10 hrs of sleep a day while ill.
     ​STAY HOME if you have a fever >100'F or are feeling sick. This is not the time to be "pushing through" and going to class.
     COVER YOUR COUGH or cough into your elbow to minimize spread of the virus.
     Use a clean NETI POT or SINUS RINSE to help with congestion.
     DRINK lots of fluids (non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic). Eat simple foods- soups, rice, toast, oatmeal. You must eat/ get calories in.

    BODY ACHES/FEVER- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg 2 tablets 3 times a day as needed. Do not take on an empty stomach. The fever with last year's influenza did not respond to acetaminophen (Tylenol) so it is not recommended.
    COUGH- Guaifenesin (is in Robitussin, Mucinex) helps thin the mucus, Dextromethorphan (Delsym, any cough syrup with DM in its name) helps calm the cough. Take especially at bedtime. Antihistamines (see next) can also help with night time cough.
    CONGESTION- Afrin nasal spray 2xday as needed (use for no more than 3 days max) can help and can be taken with or instead of pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) 30mg 1-2 tabs every 4 hrs as needed (you have to get this from the pharmacist, but no prescription is needed). Avoid phenylephrine, which is the decongestant in most of the over the counter cold/flu meds, as it has clinically been shown not to work. Antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or Aprodine (Actifed- contains pseudoephedrine) can help with congestion and sleep as they tend to make one drowsy.

Do not mix too many combination preparations (e.g; NyQuil with Mucinex DM or Tylenol PM) as you can get too much of certain medications. Read the labels of what you are taking to know if you are doubling up on different meds.

You need to be seen by a medical professional if you have other chronic illnesses like asthma or diabetes or any immunosuppression, or if you are having very severe symptoms, any shortness of breath, or chest pain. There are anti viral medications available by prescription but they need to be started within the first 48 hrs of symptoms to be effective, and may only shorten the illness by one to two days.. 



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Location and Hours

We are located in Robbins House Annex on North Campus with Counseling Services.
We are in the first white building on the left as you head down Robbins Road towards Manor and the Fisher Center.
Find us on the campus map.

Phone: 845-758-7433
Fax: 845-758-7437
E-mail: healthservice@bard.edu

Monday- Thursday 9am- 7pm
Friday 9am-5pm 

Life Threatening Emergencies: 
Call 845-758-7777 (on campus) or 911 (off campus)

Contact Us!

Call us at (845) 758-7433 and we will get back to you today.

Students are seen by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment by calling (845) 758-7433.

After Hours Emergencies
On campus call ext. 7777, off campus dial 911, or go to Northern Dutchess Hospital Emergency Room

You must know what your current health insurance coverage is and bring a copy of your card to your appointment.

As of August 2015, we will be using LabCorp.