We have treated a lot of cadets with flu-like illnesses in the last few weeks associated with several cases of “walking pneumonia”. Fortunately, it appears to be tapering off now. We are doing testing to identify the cause of the infection. It appears to spread by respiratory droplets so the best prevention is to practice good hygiene. That includes “covering your cough” to avoid spraying droplets in the air, and frequent hand washing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It is also important to be careful when visiting people with medical problems who might have decreased immunity to infections.
The VMI Infirmary is a modern medical facility located in the Post Hospital building on the VMI campus. It is open 24 hours a day during the fall and spring semesters. A team of nurses, a nurse practitioner and a physician evaluate and treat cadets for routine illnesses and injuries. There are 18 inpatient beds for overnight observation and isolation for those cadets who cannot comfortably or safely stay in barracks. Cadets with more severe illnesses are referred to the local hospital or a specialist for care.
There is no extra charge to visit the Infirmary or see the nurse or doctor. Many medications are dispensed at no charge. Lab tests ordered or appointments off Post will be the responsibility of the cadet.
Sick call (walk-in, first come, first serve) is daily, Monday - Saturday at 5:00 a.m. and is
staffed by nurses and the Institute
Appointments are available with the Institute Physician or Nurse Practitioner Monday - Friday
from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Stop by or call 540-464-7218, or email to make an appointment
VMI Health Center
448 Institute Hill, 1st Floor
Lexington, VA 24450
Parking is available below the
building in the large parking