Health Alerts

 

Happy Summer! 

With summer sun and outdoor activity it is the season for mosquito and tick bites.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, they are out in MASS!

For information on staying safe this summer visit the MA Department of Health website on Tick borne Illness Prevention.

 

Flu: Seasonal

Due to the highly contagious nature of the influenza virus, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people with Influenza or “Influenza-Like Illness” remain at home at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees), or signs of fever/chills, independent of the use of fever-reducing medications. Read more about the flu.

Ebola

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and the first in West Africa. It is affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, but does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. On our campus, we are working to implement precautionary programs that would help prevent the potential spread of the Ebola virus within our community.  Read more about Ebola.

Meningitis

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years old in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. Certain groups, including college freshman living in dormitories, are at an increased risk for getting Meningococcal disease.  Read more about Meningitis and the meningitis vaccine requirement.

 EEE/West Nile Virus

This community is at High Risk for mosquito-borne illness, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  Read more about EEE and West Nile Virus.