Health Alerts & News
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.
The Schacht Center is proud to participate in this year’s “Drug Take Back Day.” Bring us your unused medications in an opaque sealed bag or envelope to protect your privacy. Please block your name or remove labels from original prescriptions. We will dispose of them for you, no questions asked.
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.
Group acupuncture will be offered to students free of charge on Mondays and Fridays from 1–5 p.m at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness on the second floor. Please allow approximately 45 minutes per visit and arrive 10 minutes early for your initial visit. We ask that students sign up for no more than four treatments total for the semester. Please note there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. There is a waitlist feature available if you are unable to find an appointment slot. For more information, call 413-585-2250.
You can help yourself and those around you stay healthy during flu season by getting a flu shot each year. We offer flu vaccine for the entire Smith community: students, staff and faculty. Make your appointment today by calling us at 413-585-2250. Convenient lunchtime appointments are available.
Talking openly about your mental health isn't attention-seeking. Participate in our Mental Health Awareness Month interactive display, October 15–November 4 in the Campus Center, where a display will feature ribbons to represent the major mental health challenges Smith students face; anxiety, stress, loneliness and other mental health challenges.
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.
College students are at increased risk for contracting meningitis. In the fall of 2017, an outbreak of Meningitis B was declared in the Five 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 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.