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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

You may have been exposed as the seasonal flu is very contagious. The incubation period is only a few days so over the next few days you should monitor your health for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

If you develop any of these symptoms, contact the Health Center at 508-626-4900 during business hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  If your symptoms are severe and it’s outside business hours you should go to the emergency room.

If you have certain conditions, you are at risk for developing complications of the flu such as pneumonia. These conditions are:

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

If you have any of these conditions, contact the Health Center at 508-626-4900 as soon as possible.

To stay healthy, continue good hygiene practices of frequent hand washing (with soap and water or hand sanitizer), coughing into your sleeve and avoiding sick people.


Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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Phone: 508-620-1220