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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!

http://www.cdc.gov/flu

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:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/ 

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/emergency-prep/threats/biological/ebola-virus.html

Framingham State University is following the guidelines from the Center for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which recommends 4 actions you can take to stay healthy and avoid the flu as well as other viruses and illnesses.

1. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze!

  • If you use a tissue throw it in the trash after you use it. Or better yet, use your sleeve.

For a humorous video on cough etiquette, click here!
http://www.coughsafe.com/media.html

2. Wash your hands!

  • Use soap and water for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing the happy birthday song twice or use hand sanitizer.

3. Stay home if you are sick!

  • Don’t go to class if you are sick.
  • If you have flu symptoms (a fever of 100 degrees or higher with cough or sore throat), you will need to call your parents and go home to recover to prevent the spread of flu on campus.
  • You can return to campus when your temperature has been normal for 24 hours without using medication to reduce it.

4. Get the seasonal flu vaccine!  The vaccine is particularly important for students who have conditions that put them at higher risk of developing complications from the flu. These conditions are: asthma or other lung problems, diabetes, kidney disease, weakened immune system, pregnancy.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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Phone: 508-620-1220