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Don't let flu bug u graphicMeningitis Update

Thank you to all the students who have received vaccinations so far during the clinics we have offered on campus. More than 9,600 doses of the meningitis B vaccine have been administered on campus.

It is important to note that meningococcal disease does not take a holiday. At other universities, outbreaks of the disease have occurred over several months. To continue our efforts to prevent the spread of meningococcal disease, we have scheduled additional walk-in mini clinics throughout the spring semester. I strongly encourage you to either get your second shot of meningitis B vaccine or start the two-shot series at one of these clinics.

Clinics are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21:  3-6 p.m., University Health Services Room 302
  • Tuesday, March 6:  10 a.m.-2 p.m., Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall East
  • Tuesday, March 20:  3-6 p.m., University Health Services Room 302
  • Wednesday, April 4:  11 a.m. -3 p.m., Campus Center Room 168
  • Wednesday, April 25:  3-6 p.m., University Health Services Room 302

Regularly updated information about meningococcal disease at UMass can be found at www.umass.edu/meningitis. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact the UHS triage nurse at 413-577-5229.

If these clinics do not fit into your schedule, you can call UHS at 413-577-5101 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.

Fight flu!

Protect yourself and others from flu:

  • Wash your hands often; use hand sanitizer when you're on the go and can't wash
  • Avoid touching your nose or mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve – not your hands. Throw tissues in the trash
  • Don't share food, drinks, utensils or similar items
  • If you're sick, stay home from school or work. Limit contact with others

How do you know if it's a cold or flu? Get a clue with UHS' handy guide. For one-on-one answers or help, call UHS’ Triage Advice Nurse, (413) 577-5229 during health center hours.

For a flu shot appointment, call UHS, (413) 577-5101, or ask for a shot during a scheduled appointment. Costs are billed to insurance; bring your insurance card to the visit.

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