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MENINGITIS

College students are at increased risk for contracting Meningitis. In the fall of 2017, an outbreak of Meningitis B was declared in the 5 college area, where Smith College is located. We have been encouraging our students to become vaccinated since November, 2017. Vaccination and practicing healthsmart behaviors can greatly reduce the risk of illness.

 

Effective for fall 2018, the college is requiring all entering students to be vaccinated against Meningitis. Two vaccines are available: MenACWY or MCV4 vaccine (brand names Menactra and Menveo) protects against 4 types of meningitis. MenB (brand names Bexsero and Trumenba) protects against Meningitis B.

 

Smith College insurance covers the vaccines at 100%.

 

For students with private insurance:

We suggest you contact your insurance company about coverage of the Meningitis B Vaccine. Most insurance companies will cover the vaccine because of the outbreak in our area. Copays, deductibles, and network restrictions may apply. Vaccines are available at most retail pharmacies and some walk in clinics and primary care offices. You can find vaccine by using this vaccine finder tool.

 

Learn more about Meningitis here:

Meningitis Information from The Centers for Disease Control

 

What is the difference between viral and bacterial meningitis?

Viral Meningitis is the most common form of infectious meningitis. Viruses that cause viral meningitis are spread by direct contact with the infected saliva, nasal mucus, or feces of an infected person. Viral meningitis symptoms tend to be mild and resolve on their own without treatment after about a week. Bacterial meningitis, however, tends to be much more severe. Symptoms usually develop rapidly and dramatically, and require immediate medical intervention and treatment.

www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html

How to prevent getting sick with Meningitis, or most other illnesses:

 

Practicing HEALTHSMART behaviors such as careful, frequent handwashing; covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbows; not sharing drinks, food, smoking materials, mouthpieces, lip balm and makeup; disinfecting commonly touched items' and maintaining a distance of about 3-6 feet from persons who appear ill (or avoiding close contact with others if you are ill) are the best modes of prevention against any form of meningitis, as well as most illnesses.

GO HERE to learn more about being HEALTHSMART

 

For Meningitis B Vaccine insurance questions, go HERE

 

For Meningitis B Insurance authorization form and instructions, go HERE.

 

For Meningitis FAQ's go HERE

 

MENINGITIS: FAST FACTS ON THE FLY

 

FLU "Influenza" Season

Flu season in this region of the U.S. typically runs from January to March. The Flu is easily contagious. Unlike a cold, the flu tends to start suddenly with severe symptoms, and can cause serious illness. Everyday actions like frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbows, and avoiding close contact with others if you, or they, are ill, significantly prevents the spread of illness. Disinfecting shared workspaces and commonly touched items like doorknobs, faucets, phones, keyboards, earbuds, and mouthpieces are among the best preventative measures you can take to avoid illness and stop the spread of flu.

We encourage all members of the campus community to receive a flu shot (vaccine) every year to prevent the spread of illness on our campus. We hold flu vaccine clinics every fall at The Schacht Center. Persons over 65 may get a high-dose formula of vaccine at their PCP office or retail pharmacy.

 

For more information about the flu:

ABOUT THE FLU

TAKE 3 ACTIONS TO FIGHT THE FLU

CDC PREVENTION TIPS

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET THE FLU

Mayo Clinic: How to take care of yourself at home with the flu

COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THE FLU

 

For more information about flu, see the CDC webpages.

Faculty and Staff may wish to post this flyer in their work areas.

 

Healthy Living

 

CDC's Guide to Healthy Living While at College:

https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2017/08/preparing-for-college-life-a-healthy-guide/

 

FamilyDoctor.org : Quality Source of General Information

 

General Health Information from CDC

 

Queer Health

GLAAD

Sexual Orientation and Gender

The Stonewall Center LGBTQIA+ resource center

LGBTQIA+ 5 College Groups and Resources

Reproductive Health and Sexual Health

Go Ask Alice (Columbia University)

Reproductive and Sexual Health

 

Healthy Relationships Interpersonal Violence and Title IX

Sexual Assault Resources

What consent looks like

RAINN hotline and other information

LGBTAQ sexual assault

CONSENT/ Love is respect

Rachel Simmons

 

Consent is as easy as FRIES

Consent: How to talk about it, video demos, and how to get or give help

 

Travel Health and Immunizations

 

Travel Health from CDC

 

Why Immunize?

 

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (travel information)

World Health Organization: Global Vaccine Safety

Eating Disorders

National Assocation of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

National Eating Disorders Assocation

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Smith Student Organizations

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Smith College Aspiring Childbirth Professionals

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