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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 Information:

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:


Dear Parents,

The staff at the Health Center would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your student!  Although the college experience is often focused on academics, services provided outside the classroom also contribute to a student’s success.  Good health is a vital component to every student’s college experience and is essential for academic success.  Our staff of experienced professionals is committed to providing high quality care during times of illness and also to educating our students on healthy lifestyles. 

While focusing on academic preparations, many parents of residential students overlook stocking up on health related items for their student to use while on campus.  Your child will have everyday aches, pains and colds just like at home.  The Health Center is available at these times but having certain items in their rooms to use day or night is very helpful.  It is often comforting when ill to use the same things that “work at home.”  Please consider packing the following items:

  • Thermometer (non-mercury)
  • Pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) to treat pain and fever
  • Cough medicine, cough drops and throat lozenges
  • Decongestants for sinus pressure, stuffy ears and nose
  • Antacid (PeptoBismol, Milk of Magnesia, TUMS)
  • Cold Packs for sports injuries
  • Heating Pad
  • Bandages/ Bandaids
  • Dry skin lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer (Purell) portable size to prevent the spread of infection

The Health Center is located on the first floor of Foster Hall, the Health and Wellness Center, on the corner of State St. and Maynard Rd.  The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Center. Please stop by if you have any questions or concerns or would like to meet us and see our facility.

Ilene Hofrenning FNP-BC, Director of the Health Center

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220