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Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness provides accessible, professional medical and mental health care, and wellness education to Smith’s diverse population. As college health care professionals knowledgeable about developmental issues, we work with students in promoting their physical and psychological well-being. We collaborate with the larger college community, supporting students in accomplishing their educational goals.

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Community Meningitis B Update #3 November 17, 2017

 

We wish to clarify some questions and concerns:

 

1. As of this posting, only TWO students from nearby Umass are known to be infected with a specific kind of meningocccal infection, Meningitis Type B.

 

2. WE RECOMMEND ALL SMITH STUDENTS GET VACCINATED WITH MENINGITIS TYPE B "MenB" (brands Trumenba or Bexsero) OVER BREAK. This is because it is NOT a routine vaccine given during childhood, and is NOT required for college entrance. This vaccine was developed in 2014. MOST STUDENTS, therefore, have never received this vaccine.

 

3. ONLY MenB vaccine protects aginst Meningitis Type B.

 

4. The vaccines known as MCV4 or MenACWY or MPSV4 (brands Menactra, Menveo, or Menomune) do NOT protect against Meningitis Type B "MenB." If you had that kind of vaccine, we STILL recommend that you receive Meningitis Type B vaccine (Tumenba or Bexsero) because it is the only vaccine available that will protect you against this particular kind of Meningitis.

 

4. Use VaccineFinder.org to locate MenB vaccine near you. Most of the pharmacies near campus have it in stock. Use this link and enter your zip code: link: MenB on Vaccine Finder.

 

5. Check this page for more information as it becomes available. If you have web access, you will be able to check for updates.

 

Thank you,

Kerry-Beth Garvey, MSN, RN, CNL

Associate Director

 

community Meningitis update#2 November 16, 2017

 

November 16, 2017

 

*Please refer to revised student email 11/16/17*

 

Dear Smith Students,

As previously announced, there have been two recent cases of “Meningitis Type B” at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst since October 27th. (See related communications below, all-student emails sent today, and also see HERE.)

 

We have no reason to think of community is at risk, however:

 

Because Meningitis B (Bexsero or Trumenba) is not required for college entrance, we are asking all students to check their immunization status, and receive meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero or Trumenba) over Thanksgiving Break.

 

Please note that Quadrivalent Meningitis Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, Menveo) IS required-but some of our students have waived this vaccine. If you waived the vaccine, we encourage you to get it now for best protection against all vaccine-preventable strains meningitis.

 

Students may check their immunization status in the student portal at: https://smith.medicatconnect.com

 

Students can receive vaccine through primary care providers, Pharmacies, or Walk-in Clinics. This site may be helpful in locating vaccine if you are travelling: vaccinefinder.org.

 

We have confirmed that local CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are offering Meningitis B and Quadrivalent Meningitis vaccine. We have also confirmed that Smith College insurance and most insurance plans cover these vaccines up to the age of 25 under the Preventative Health Care Act. We expect that students will not be charged. (Please contact your insurance company for questions.)

 

Remember, Meningitis is NOT easily spread like the common cold or flu. Still, we ALWAYS encourage you to be “HEALTH SMART.” Get plenty of rest, eat well-balanced meals, and stay hydrated. Avoid kissing and close personal contact if you are ill, and do not share drinks, water bottles, makeup, lip-balm, or smoking materials. COVER your COUGH or SNEEZE, and WASH YOUR HANDS-this is the number one way to prevent the spread of all germs.

 

ON MONDAY Nov 27th 5pm-6pm we are hosting a small Meningitis B vaccine clinic for students who have been unable to get vaccine over break. Watch here on our website for scheduling instructions.

 

On Behalf of The Schact Center for Health and Wellness and Pelham Medical Service, we thank you for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.

 

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Break,

 

Leslie Jaffe, MD College Physician

Kerry-Beth Garvey, MSN, RN, CNL, Associate Director

 

 

 

 

 

Meningitis Type B Information Update Nov 15

There have been two cases of “Meningitis” at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst since October 27th. Both students are hospitalized and in stable condition at this time. Both students have been found to have Meningitis type B. University Health Services (UHS) is working in consultation with federal and state public health officials, and will be updating advice as more information becomes available.

 

The Schacht Center is following events closely, and there is no known risk to our community. We are committed to helping our community stay healthy and informed. Meningitis is not common, and it is not easily contagious like cold or flu.

 

We do encourage you to be “HEALTH SMART.” Get plenty of rest, eat well-balanced meals, and stay hydrated. Avoid kissing and close personal contact if you are ill, and do not share drinks,

water bottles, makeup, lip-balm, or smoking materials.

COVER your COUGH or SNEEZE, and WASH YOUR HANDS-this is the number one way to prevent the spread of all germs.

 

Check your immunization status. Students are required to be

vaccinated against Meningitis strains A,C,W, and Y, with Menactra, Menomune and Menveo upon admission--UNLESS they waive out. Meningitis type B with Trumemba and Bexsero is optional; this vaccine is new since 2014. If you signed the Meningitis waiver upon admission, we encourage you to get vaccinated. Please note that the required entrance meningitis vaccines do not protect against type B.  Consider getting meningitis type B vaccine. 

 

Students may check that their immunization status by going on the Student Portal: click here.

 

If you waived the vaccine, please update your Meningitis vaccine during the Thanksgiving Break with your primary care provider, a Pharmacy, or Walk-in Clinic. Also, consider getting vaccinated against type B meningitis (Trumemba or Bexsero)

 

This site may help: https://vaccinefinder.org/

 

For more information on staying healthy see:

 

The Importance of Handwashing from the CDC

 

College Health and Wellness Tips from the CDC

 

For more information on Meningitis, click here

 

On Behalf of The Schact Center for Health and Wellness

and Pelham Medical Service,

 

Leslie Jaffe, MD College Physician

Kerry-Beth Garvey, MSN, RN, CNL, Associate Director

 

HOW IS MENINGITIS SPREAD? Meningitis is NOT common, and is NOT easily contagious.

It is spread through SALIVA in the same ways as a cold or flu--

coughing and sneezing, sharing drinks & eating utensils, kissing

and sharing lip products.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Meningitis symptoms are different from a regular cold or flu - they develop very quickly and can include SEVERE and EXTREME headache, inability bend your chin to your chest, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, disorientation, and an unusal, bruiselike rash on your arms, legs, or trunk.

 

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF AND OTHERS FROM ILLNESS?

Be Health Smart!

 

Be HEALTH SMART: It’s the best way to stay healthy and

protect yourself from getting sick:

Wash Your Hands OFTEN and avoid touching your face.

Cover your cough or sneeze.

Clean your hands & throw away tissue after sneezing,

coughing or blowing your nose.

Disinfect commonly touched items like doorknobs & phones.

Don’t share drinks, phones, tablets, earbuds, keyboards,

makeup, or toothbrushes.

 

 

 

QUESTIONS? Call Us. We Can Help.

For appointments: 413-585-2250

For Nursing Advice: 413-585-2813

 

Thank you for helping us keep the campus safe and healthy!

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW ?   TRANS AWARENESS ?

 

Medical and Counseling Services Closed for Thanksgiving Break


The Medical and Counseling Services will close on Wednesday, November 22, at noon. After that, students can seek immediate health care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care until we reopen on Monday, November 27, at 8:30 a.m

 

 

An Important Announcement regarding Allergy Shots

 

Effective May 2018 The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness and Pelham Medical Center will no longer offer allergy immunotherapy treatment, including injection or sublingual therapy, commonly referred to as "Allergy Shots."

 

Students who are currently receiving allergy therapy at The Schacht Center may continue to see us through the end of this academic year, 2017-2018.

 

We are committed to providing all students with excellent care. Due to the highly specialized nature of allergy therapy and in keeping with best practices for patient safety, we have determined that students requiring allergy therapy are better served by local allergists.

 

We wish to make the transition in care as seamless as possible for students and their families. We are happy to faciliate transfer of care to a student's allergist or provider of choice. We can assist with referrals, release of records, and serums at any point during this academic year. Our goal is to create a safe and successful transition in this important aspect of healthcare with a minimum of inconvenience.

 

We understand that this may pose some challenges for our students and their families. We are happy to discuss any concerns that may arise. Should students and families wish to contact us, we invite them to reach us at 413-585-2250 or healthservices@smith.edu.

 

We look forward to continuing to serve your health and wellness needs, and wish you a happy and healthy 2017-2018!

 

Yours in Good Health,

 

Kerry-Beth Garvey, MSN, RN, CNL

Associate Director

 

Leslie Jaffe, MD

College Physician

 

Pamela McCarthy, LICSW

Director

 

 

Acupuncture Clinic

Group acupuncture will be offered to students free of charge on Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Initial visits are one-hour long; Follow-up visits are 45 minutes. Current students may sign up at www.timecenter.com/smithcollege-acupuncture. For more information, please call 413-585-2250.

Greetings!

Allow me to introduce myself and welcome you to this year at Smith! My name is Kerry-Beth "KB" Garvey, MSN,RN, CNL, and I am excited to have joined the team at The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness and Pelham Medical Services as Associate Director for Medical Services in the Fall of 2017. My clinical and leadership background is in College Health, Primary Care, and Reproductive Health. Together with our fantastic team of professionals, I look forward to understanding and meeting the comprehensive healthcare needs of our student community. Feel free to come say hi!

 

May we all have a great year!

Yours in Good Health,

"KB" Kerry-Beth Garvey

 

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