Flu has arrived in MA!
The first cases of influenza have been officially diagnosed in Massachusetts. Now is a great time to get your flu vaccine before we see any cases on campus. You can get the flu vaccine at any pharmacy, Urgent Care or from you primary care provider. Please click on Seasonal Flu on the left side of this webpage to get information on prevention and treatment of the flu. Let’s have a healthy winter!
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains which are found in several African countries. There have been several outbreaks of Ebola since 1976 sporadically in Africa and this most recent outbreak has been in Liberia, New Guinea and Sierra Leone where thousands of people have been infected. There have been 3 cases in the United States, all in people who were in close contact with someone with Ebola. The first was a man who travelled to the US from Liberia after having been exposed to Ebola. The other two are health care workers who cared for him. There are reports that these 2 nurses cared for him for several days before personal protective equipment was recommended. 70-100 other people were exposed to this patient but have not come down with the disease. These are the only cases in the US. There have been no cases in Massachusetts.
The Framingham State University Community is at very low risk for Ebola exposure. We have no international students studying with us from West Africa nor do we have students studying abroad in West Africa. In order to get infected with Ebola you have to have direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola. The director of the Health Center is in close contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through weekly conference call updates. We do not expect any cases at FSU but we do have a plan in place if there is a suspected case and will follow the guidance of the MA DPH.
For further information about Ebola, please see these websites:
The Health Center is open Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
If care is needed outside those hours, students have several options:
MetroWest Medical Center
115 Lincoln St.
Framingham, MA 01702
In the event of an emergency, Campus Police should be called at (508) 626-4911. Campus Police will assess the situation and call to arrange transportation to the ER at MetroWest Medical Center. If the incident is not an emergency and the student is ill, Campus Police will transport the student if needed to the ER.
2.) WALK-IN CLINICS:
CareWell Urgent Care - (508) 861-7375
50 Worcester Rd. Framingham MA
Doctor's Express - (508) 650-6208
945 Worcester Rd. Natick, MA
(Rt. 9 westbound, west of Rt. 27 intersection)
CVS Minute Clinics
414 Union St (Rt. 135) Ashland (508) 881-7606
137 Central St. (Rt. 135) Natick (508) 655-2109
3.) SELFCARE GUIDE
When the Health Center is closed, refer to the student self care link for information about taking care of a specific health issue.
4.) PHARMACIES (within walking distance)
CVS: 1280 Worcester Rd. (Rt. 9) at Temple St. (508) 872-1432
Walgreens: 653 Worcester Rd. (508) 620-1608
5.) FRAMINGHAM COMMUNITY RESOURCES
HIV Testing: JRI 29 Hollis St. (508) 935-2960
JFK Taxi Service: (508)-653-4500
Tommy's Taxi: (508) 872-3500