Health Alerts & News
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, flu vaccine is required by the state of Massachusetts for all residential and on-campus students by December 31, 2020. You may read more about the requirement and FAQs for college and post-secondary school students on the Mass.gov website.
The current political context and election cycle may produce a variety of emotional responses ranging from elation to calm resignation, profound sadness, anger, fear and numbness. These responses are normal, and it still may be appropriate to reach out for greater support. The following are common signs that may indicate a need to seek assistance.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus that causes respiratory illness, first identified in December 31, 2019, in Wuhan, China. The CDC has issued a travel advisory and is performing screening at major hubs of travel. Symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, runny nose, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing, severe weakness and pneumonia.
Learn about your destination’s unique safety considerations and required vaccines well in advance of your trip.
The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness urges all members of our community to take precautions against mosquito bites to reduce risks of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious illness.
Before celebrating at Reunion and Commencement and traveling by air, train, bus or public transit, the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness strongly urges all students, families, staff and faculty to be sure you’re protected against measles. Young children, elders and those with weakened immune systems are at risk for this highly contagious disease.
Every year more and more Americans are traveling internationally — for vacation, business, and volunteerism, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling, the information on this page will help you to be Proactive, Prepared, and Protected when it comes to your health—and the health of others—while you are traveling.
Learn how to avoid being “a dreaded spreader.” Thank you for protecting yourself and our campus from illness. Remember, it’s not too late to get a flu shot; call 413-585-2250 to get yours now.
Flu season in this region of the U.S. typically runs from January to March. 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.
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 three–six feet from persons who appear ill (or avoiding close contact with others if you are ill) are the best ways of preventing most illnesses.
In fall of 2017, Smith joined JED Campus, a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to guide schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, program and policy development with customized support to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts.
Due to a local outbreak in 2017–18, the college required that incoming students under age 27 receive Meningitis B vaccine in 2018–19. We continue to strongly recommend this vaccine of all incoming students.
Effective May 2018, the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness and Pelham Medical Services no longer offer allergy immunotherapy treatment, including injection or sublingual therapy, commonly referred to as “allergy shots.” Students are invited to seek care at one of the local allergists in western Massachusetts.