Public Health

About flu

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated against flu. 

UHS offers flu vaccination for UMass Amherst students; and faculty, staff and students' dependents whose primary care provider is at the health center. Both injected and inhaled forms of the vaccine may be available.

To make an appointment, call (413) 577-5101. You can also be vaccinated during a scheduled visit – just ask! Costs are billed to your health insurance; bring your insurance plan's ID card with you.

Learn more about flu, ways to stay healthy, and what to do if you're sick on the CDC website.

 

If UHS is not your primary care provider:

See your regular healthcare provider for a vaccination, attend a community clinic or stop by one of the many retailers offering flu vaccines. To find an immunization site near you, try the HealthMap app.

About measles

Measles is caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. At first, it looks and feels like a cold or flu. A cough, high fever, runny nose, and red, watery eyes are common. A few days later, a red, blotchy rash starts on the face, then spreads to the rest of the body. It usually lasts a week or two.

Learn more with this fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

About Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 is among a large group of these type of viruses that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. In general, infants, children and teens are more likely to get infected. 

Simple tips for staying healthier include:
• Washing hands often with soap and water.
• Covering coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home when you're sick.

For more information, download the Massachusetts Department of Public Health fact sheet.