WCJC is concerned about students' health and welfare and will make information available, as needed, via the school website, informational pamphlets, and periodic notices.
In addition, El Campo Memorial Hospital offers limited services to WCJC students and employees at the MidCoast Campus Care Medical Clinic located in the LaDieu Building on the Wharton Campus. Additional information, including hours of operation and contact information, can be found on the MidCoast Campus Care website.
The College encourages students to review the following healthcare information and take steps to protect themselves and their families.
Bacterial Meningitis: Under the requirements of a law enacted by the Texas State Legislature, students who are under 22 years of age and entering higher education in the spring of 2014 (and any semesters following), must demonstrate proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or they must demonstrate they have exempted from the vaccination.
Hepatitis B:Students enrolled in a health-related course must be immunized against Hepatitis B and show proof of immunization. The college also encourages these students to receive immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella.
Mumps, Measles, and Rubella:According to the Texas Department of Health, those born between 1963 and 1968 may not have been properly immunized. The single dose immunization that many received was inadequate. Anyone born within this time period should see their doctor or visit a public health clinic for proper immunization against measles, mumps and rubella.
Tetanus:The Tetanus Vaccine is effective for about 10 years and should be boosted at l0-year intervals in combination with the Diphtheria Vaccine. It is common for older adults to develop tetanus because many have not received booster shots.
Poliomyelitis:Polio immunization in the U.S. is not recommended for anyone over 18, but proof of immunization must be given if entering a health-related program.
For more information on immunizations, call the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Immunization Division at 1-800-252-9152.
Students concerned about their own abuse problem or a family member's abuse problem should contact a WCJC counselor. These counselors are available to provide referrals for treatment programs and specialized counseling. Information shared with the College's counselors will remain confidential.
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It is critical that everyone understand the nature of this communicable disease and how it is transmitted. For additional information, call one of the following AIDS hotlines:
- Texas AIDS line 1-800-299-AIDS
- Information AIDS 1-800-299-AIDS
- TDD/TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-252-8012