News Archive 2018

Ann Becker receives the Massachusetts Immunzation Champion awardBecker honored as Immunization Champion

April 27, 2018

Ann Becker, R.N., D.N.P., public health and infection control nurse at UHS, has been honored with a 2018 Massachusetts Adult Immunization Champion Award for her collaboration and leadership in responding to an outbreak of meningitis B at UMass and in the Five Colleges community

The award is presented by the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Becker received the honor at MAIC’s 23rd annual adult immunization conference, April 10 in Marlborough, Mass.

Becker was also a featured presenter at the event, speaking at a session on encouraging young adults to understand the importance of vaccination, and as part of an afternoon plenary session on increasing vaccination rates by tailoring messaging and services to target populations.

Becker, who joined UHS in 2002, is director of the UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a unit she co-founded in 2005, which embeds the MRC into the curriculum of undergraduate nursing programs. She teaches community and public health nursing to UMass Amherst undergraduate and graduate students, chairs the Tobacco-Free UMass Amherst committee, manages the Tobacco Ambassador program, runs numerous walk-in STI and HIV screening clinics annually and engages in communicable disease surveillance and response on campus.

Photo of Jeanne M. RyanRyan joins UHS leadership team

April 26, 2018

UHS welcomes Jeanne M. Ryan, who has been named associate director and director of clinical services.

Icon of a vaccination syringeGet vaccinated against meningitis

April 26, 2018

UMass and the Five Colleges remain in an "outbreak" status following three confirmed cases of meningococcal B between October, 2017 and February, 2018. According to state and federal health officials, this designation extends for one year after the last case was diagnosed.

It remains vitally important that UMass students continue getting vaccinated through the spring and summer. The two-shot Bexsero meningitis B series is available at UHS now through summer intersession. Call (413) 577-5101 for an appointment.

For more information, go to www.umass.edu/meningitis. If you have questions, call the UHS Triage Advice Nurse, (413) 577-5228.

Last walk-in meningitis B clinic today

April 25. 2018

The last walk-in meningitis B clinic of the semester is today, April 25, 3 – 6 p.m., in UHS room 302.

You can continue the two-shot Bexsero vaccine series, or start at this clinic. Remember to bring your insurance card, and any documentation of vaccination received from your home provider.Vaccination syringe icon

Because UMass and the Five Colleges are considered to be in an meningitis B "outbreak" status, it remains vitally important that UMass students continue getting vaccinated.

If you're unable to attend today's clinic, you can get vaccinated by appointment at UHS; call (413) 577-5101. Vaccinations will be available at UHS throughout the summer intersession.

More information is available at  www.umass.edu/meningitis. If you have questions, call the UHS Triage Advice Nurse, (413) 577-5228.

STI and HIV testing clinic logoWalk-in STI, HIV testing

The last walk-in clinic of the semester is Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Testing is the only way to know!

Announcement iconSTI, HIV clinic canceled

 April 23, 2018

The walk-in STI and HIV testing clinic scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 has been canceled. The semester's final clinic is Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the ground floor of UHS.

More about testing...

Announcement iconRepaving and sidewalk repairs

March 28, 2018

Contractors will be on Thatcher Road, at the west side of UHS, beginning Monday, April 2 through approximately Friday, April 6. Work includes grading and paving the roadway, pouring a new sidewalk and restoring curbing.

Traffic will be limited to one lane at time; expect delays if traveling this way. A police officer will be present to oversee traffic flow. The upper sidewalk will be inaccessible for a period of time, but the ground floor entrance to UHS should remain open and accessible from the lower sidewalk.

The main entrance will remain open and unaffected. Access is available by stairs and a ramp.

Syringe iconMeningitis update

March 2, 2018

On Friday, March 2,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the Smith College hospitalized recently with bacterial meningitis was infected with serogroup B. While this is the same meningitis serogroup as the outbreak at UMass Amherst, it is currently not known whether the cases are related.

It remains vitally important that UMass students continue getting vaccinated for meningococcal disease. To date, we have administered approximately 10,200 doses of Bexsero, the vaccine we are primarily using on campus.

We strongly urge you to come to one of the walk-in clinics this semester to continue the two-shot Bexsero vaccine series, or to start the series. No appointment is necessary. Remember to bring your insurance card and any documentation of vaccination received at home. 

Clinics are:

  • Tuesday, March 6: 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Commonwealth Honors College events hall east
  • Tuesday, March 20: 3 – 6 p.m., UHS, room 302
  • Wednesday, April 4: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 168
  • Wednesday, April 25: 3 – 6 p.m., UHS, room 302

Regularly updated information about meningococcal disease at UMass is at www.umass.edu/meningitis. If you have additional questions or concerns, call the UHS triage nurse, (413) 577-5229.

If these clinics don't fit into your schedule, call UHS, (413) 577-5101 to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Icon of an immunization syringeMeningitis update

February 26, 2018

On Sunday, Feb. 25, a student at nearby Smith College in Northampton was diagnosed with a bacterial meningitis infection and is hospitalized. The student did not attend classes at UMass through the Five Colleges Consortium.

While we await testing to see what strain of meningitis is responsible for the student's illness, we emphasize that it remains vitally important that UMass students continue getting vaccinated for meningococcal disease. To date, we have administered approximately 10,200 doses of Bexsero, the vaccine we are primarily using on campus.

We strongly urge you to come to one of the walk-in clinics this semester to continue the two-shot Bexsero vaccine series, or to start the series. No appointment is necessary. Remember to bring your insurance card and any documentation of vaccination received at home. 

Clinics are:

  • Tuesday, March 6: 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Commonwealth Honors College events hall east
  • Tuesday, March 20: 3 – 6 p.m., UHS, room 302
  • Wednesday, April 4: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 168
  • Wednesday, April 25: 3 – 6 p.m., UHS, room 302

Regularly updated information about meningococcal disease at UMass is at www.umass.edu/meningitis. If you have additional questions or concerns, call the UHS triage nurse, (413) 577-5229.

If these clinics don't fit into your schedule, call UHS, (413) 577-5101 to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Announcement iconSpring recess hours

February 26, 2018

Effective Sunday, March 11 – Saturday, March 17, 2018

Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday. For after-hours medical and mental health advice, call (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911.

Students with a dog at the Paws ProgramGot stress? They've got dogs!

February 26, 2018

Chill out with a furry friend at the Peer Health Educators' Paws Program, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom and W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

Announcement iconMeningitis update

February 15, 2018

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's 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. We 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., UHS, room 302
  • Tuesday, March 6: 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Commonwealth Honors College events hall east
  • Tuesday, March 20: 3 – 6 p.m., UHS, room 302
  • Wednesday, April 4: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 168
  • Wednesday, April 25: 3 – 6 p.m., UHS, 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, call the UHS triage nurse, (413) 577-5229.

If these clinics do not fit into your schedule, call UHS, (413) 577-5101 to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine

Announcement iconMeningitis update

February 8, 2018

Get vaccinated against Meningitis B at a walk-in clinic today, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Commonwealth Honors College events hall.

Get your second dose, or your first dose if you haven't been vaccinated yet.  Bring your insurance card and documentation of vaccination if you received a dose at home. If you can't make it to a walk-in clinic, call (413) 577-5101 for an individual appointment. More about meningitis vaccinations.

Flu shots will also be available.

Announcement thought bubble iconMeningitis update

February 6, 2018

The walk-in meningitis B vaccination clinic scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 7, 3 – 6 p.m. in UHS room 302 has been canceled due to weather.

Get vaccinated  Thursday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Commonwealth Honors College events hall.

Come get your second dose, or your first dose if you haven't been vaccinated yet.  Bring your insurance card and documentation of vaccination if you received a dose at home. If you can't make it to a walk-in clinic, call (413) 577-5101 for an individual appointment. More about meningitis vaccinations.

Flu shots will also be available.

STI and HIV walk-in clinic graphicWalk-in STI, HIV testing

February 5, 2018

Get tested at one of this semester's walk-in clinics – no appointment needed. Testing is the only way to know!

Don't let flu bug U graphicFight flu!

February 1, 2018

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.

Learn more about meningitis vaccinations graphicMeningitis update

January 19, 2018

It's important that undergraduate students receive their second dose of meningococcal vaccine; or their first dose if they haven't received it yet.

UHS has scheduled walk-In meningococcal B vaccination clinics for students. Remember to bring your insurance card and documentation of vaccination if you received a dose at home. If you can't make it to a walk-in clinic, call (413) 577-5101 for an individual appointment. More about meningitis vaccinations.

Walk-In clinics

  • Saturday, Jan. 27, noon – 4 p.m., UHS room 302
  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Campus Center room 163
  • Thursday, Feb. 1 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Berkshire Dining Commons
  • Wednesday, Feb 7, 3 – 6 p.m., UHS room 302
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Commonwealth Honors College events hall

Calendar iconImmunization records due

January 10, 2018

Certain immunizations, and proof that you've had them, are required before you start school. If you're beginning this semester, or haven't submitted documentation from last semester, the deadline is February 5. If you don't submit information, a hold will be placed preventing you from registering for classes. Here's what to do.

Announcement thought bubble iconInsurance info for new, transfer students

January 10, 2018

 If you're taking five or more credits, you're automatically enrolled in, and charged for, the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). If you already have insurance, you may be eligible to waive the SHBP; the deadline is February 5. What you need to know...

Flu vacccination graphicStill time to get your flu shot

January 9, 2018

It's not too late to protect against flu! Call UHS, (413) 577-5101 for a flu shot appointment, or ask for your shot during your scheduled appointment. Costs are billed to insurance; bring your insurance card to the visit.

Meningitis vaccination graphicMeningitis update

January 2, 2018

UHS continues to strongly recommend that all undergraduate students get meningoccal B vaccine. If you're near campus during winter break, you can contact UHS for a
vaccination appointment. Another set of  vaccination clinics is planned early in the spring semester for students needing either their first or second shots.

UHS provided the meningitis B vaccine to more than 7,700 students, including 640 during the most recent set of clinics at UHS.

More about vaccination...

Parking iconPatient parking detour

January 2, 1018

Thatcher Road near the intersection with Infirmary Way is closed until further notice due to a water main break. Access UHS' patient parking lot from the Eastman Lane intersection with Thatcher Road. Get a campus map.

Spring semester hours

December 26, 2017

Effective January 21 – May 12

For immediate needs

Walk-in Care:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except holidays

Text service
To wait where you're most comfortable, text “clinic” to (413) 944-8562. You’ll receive a response text with your number and a reminder text when it's almost your turn to be seen.

For acute minor illnesses & routine care

General Medicine clinics: 
Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except holidays

Questions? Need help?

Call the Triage Advice Nurse, (413) 577-5229 during health center hours.

After-hours medical & mental health advice

(413) 577-5000

Other UHS department hours

Announcement iconMeningitis update

December 20, 2017

UHS plans to schedule another set of meningitis B vaccination clinics early in the spring semester for students needing either their first or second shots. UHS provided the meningitis B vaccine to more than 7,700 students, including 640 during the most recent set of clinics at UHS.

If you're near campus during winter break, you can contact UHS for a vaccination appointment.

Vaccinations can also be given by your family physician. When you contact them to set up an appointment, let them know that UMass Amherst has a meningitis B “outbreak” status from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. There are two different vaccines for meningococcal disease available; your family doctor can administer either one. They can order them from the following companies:

  • To order Bexsero, your provider can call GSK, 866-475-8222
  • To order Trumenba, your provider can call Pfizer, 800-666-7248

If you already received your first shot of Bexsero at a campus vaccination clinic, you can schedule your second dose of Bexsero with your family physician during break. The second dose can be given any time 28 days after you received the first shot. It is important to receive the second dose to achieve full protection from meningococcal disease.

If you start either vaccine series during winter break and need to receive another dose when you return for spring semester, UHS carries both Bexsero and Trumenba. You must continue with the same vaccine you started with.

Vaccination details

UHS recommends that students at the highest risk receive serogroup B vaccination. UHS is offering Bexsero, a two-dose series. The second dose will be given after one month.

Those at highest risk include:

  • all undergraduates
  • graduate students living in undergraduate housing, and
  • all students with conditions such as asplenia, a complement deficiency, sickle cell anemia or those taking the medication Solaris. This includes both on-campus and off-campus students.

CDC protocols do not consider faculty and staff to be within this risk group, except for those with the conditions listed above. Faculty and staff who are concerned about exposure to meningitis or are interested in being vaccinated are encouraged to contact their primary care provider.

Get detailed information about serotype B meningococcal vaccine. This fact sheet has more information about meningococcal disease and college students.

Important insurance information

Because this situation is an outbreak, your health insurance or prescription plan should cover this vaccination; UHS will take steps to bill your insurance. In any case, undergraduate students will be vaccinated, no matter the ability to pay. Students will not incur any costs associated with co-pays, deductibles or insurance denials.

  • Before being vaccinated, students or  family members are encouraged to contact their private insurance provider regarding coverage of the vaccine. When speaking with your insurance provider, it's important to mention that the UMass Amherst campus has designated "outbreak status" from federal and state public health officials.
    • Consolidated Health Plan, the university-sponsored health insurance, will cover the cost at 100%, with no pre-authorization or referral required.
  • Many insurance companies will require that your primary care provider obtain a pre-authorization number. Please try to contact your provider before being vaccinated.
  • Download and fill out the referral request form and bring it with you.
  • Bring your insurance card with you.

More information

Updates, frequently asked questions and details about insurance will be posted at www.umass.edu/meningitis.

Read the full December 7 update, November 28 updateNovember 16 updateNovember 15 update, November 14 update or the October 26 notice to the campus community. Parents: Get the latest information by joining the Parent Services email list.

Announcement iconWinter intersession hours

December 11, 2017

Effective Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 – Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday