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:
POLICY REGARDING “SICK NOTES” FOR CLASS ABSENCE
Framingham State University Health Center does not routinely provide “sick notes” for students to professors due to brief absences from class due to illness. We encourage students to communicate directly with their professors about their absences. This is meant to encourage mature communication between student and professor, as well as encourage personal responsibility for class attendance decisions.
We strongly encourage students and faculty to stay out of class and other group gatherings when ill with a contagious illness (other than a routine “cold.”) Social distancing, “cough etiquette,” limitation of hand-shaking and excellent hand-washing are important strategies especially during flu season. We encourage faculty to consider absences in this context to be appropriate and preferable to students attending class while ill.
In the event of an anticipated absence of 3 or more consecutive days, or in the event of a communicable disease which necessitates class absence for public health reasons, students will be referred to the Dean of Students who will facilitate notification of faculty.