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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

Flu symptoms include a fever of 100.00 degrees or higher (when not taking medicine) PLUS cough or sore throat.

Check your temperature to determine if you might have the flu. You need to get a thermometer if you don’t already have one. Your RA will have a limited supply of disposable thermometers.

If you have symptoms of the flu:

  • During business hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), call Health Services at 508-626-4900. We will determine if you need to be evaluated or sent home.
  • If it is after business hours and you are mildly ill, remain in your dorm room and avoid contact with others until you can contact Health Services.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control fever and muscle aches.

Most cases of flu-like illness are mild. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms you need to be evaluated immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever or worsening cough
  • If you experience any of the above symptoms contact Health Services during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or, after business hours, contact Campus Police at 508-626-4911 or talk to your RA or RD.

If you have the following conditions, you are at risk for developing complications such as pneumonia from the flu. It is particularly important that you be evaluated by Health Services staff or your primary care provider.

  • Asthma or other chronic pulmonary disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Any chronic illness such as lupus, Crohn’s disease, kidney disease
  • Weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy
  • Pregnancy

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Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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Phone: 508-620-1220