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:
Director, Health Center
Ilene is a board certified family nurse practitioner with a Masters of Science degree in Family and Community Health Nursing from UMass Lowell. Prior to joining the staff at the Health Center in 2004 she worked as a primary care provider at a community health center in Worcester, MA. Her professional interests include primary care, women's health and health promotion. She has two college age sons, giving her a personal as well as a professional understanding of the issues facing college students today.
Sandra is a board certified family nurse practitioner with a Masters of Science degree in nursing from Simmons College. In addition to college health issues, her professional interests include health education and women's health.
Anne is a board certified family nurse practitioner with a Masters of science degree in Nursing from Regis College and has been working at the Health Center since January 2009. Prior to coming to FSU, Anne worked at Lahey Clinic. Anne is especially interested in women's health issues.
Samantha Provencal has her B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from UMass-Dartmouth. She works closely with students and parents answering immunization questions, coordinating health forms, and administrates health insurance issues. She manages the day-to-day administrative functions of the Health Center.
Marlene is a board certified family nurse practitioner with a Masters degree in Family and Community Health Nursing from UMass Lowell. She has been working in the field of Student Health for over 20 years.
Nancy is a board certified family nurse practitioner with a master's of science degree in Nursing from Regis College and is working at the Health Center every Friday. Nancy also works as a clinical instructor at Regis College. Nancy is especially interested in college health as she has three sons.
Health Education Outreach
Pam is a board certified adult nurse practitioner with a Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Yale University. Prior to working in college health Pam worked with homeless men and women, concentrating on infectious diseases, chronic illnesses and substance abuse.
Judy Grob-Whiting - MSW, LICSW
Judy is a 1988 graduate of Simmons School of Social Work. She has a special interest in young adults, substance abuse, and other social pressures they face.