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It is Flu season again for Lehigh University.  The Lehigh University Health & Wellness Center and the Centers for disease Control (CDC) urges you to click on the link below and take the following actions to protect your self and others in your community from the flu:

/sites/studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/files/offices/LehighFlu2017.docx

 

Flu Shot Clinics 2017

 

Students, there's still time to get your annual flu shot!

 

  Wednesday, November 15th     11am-1pm    STEPS Building

     Thursday, November 30th        3pm - 5pm    Taylor Gym

 

Cost:  $40.00 covered by many insurance plans

Flu shots are also available at local pharmacies-

Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Ritter's

Clinics by Walgreens Pharmacy

                                                                                                                                   

 

 

                                          

 

Spring TB Gold Testing Schedule

MANDATORY TB screening and testing for at risk individuals will be scheduled for incoming Spring Semester students in January at the Lehigh University Health & Wellness Center, 36 Johnson Hall.  Please be sure to bring all health records with you at that time. Some vaccinations will be available for administration as well.  Results of the blood testing will be sent via secure messaging, available on the Online Patient portal, to individual students in 1 – 2 weeks with any instructions for required follow-up. Your class registration will be blocked if you do not check-in with the Health & Wellness Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING BREAK: What to Know Before You Go

With highly anticipated spring break just a few weeks away, Lehigh’s team of health professionals wants to share some practical advice for students:

Before you head out:

  • Check out the prevalence of health risks at your destination, and line up necessary vaccinations and medications. Note that the Zika virus, which is primarily transmitted by infected mosquitos, presents a significant health issue in many countries around the globe, and that there are several steps you can take to help prevent Zika. More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika
  • Make sure you can stay in touch. Contact your cell phone carrier to make sure you’ll have access to your services while you are away and what costs will be associated with long-distance calling, texts, etc.
  • Make a copy of your passport to carry and scan a copy of it into your phone. Be sure to also have a copy of your health insurance card or other important information saved to your phone.

While you’re away:

  • Check your sun exposure. Remember that the sun’s rays are stronger the closer you get to the Equator, and that sun-deprived winter skin can burn in a much shorter time. Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 strength. Apply it 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply often.
  • Respect yourself and others: If you are sexually active, use latex condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. And know what “consent” is and respect it for all forms of intimacy.
  • Look out for each other. Don’t fall victim to “vacation mentality” and assume no harm can come to you or your friends simply because you are in different location. Keep track of each other when you go out, and make sure your friends are in a state of mind to make safe, healthy decisions.
  • Know where to get help. Take a moment to find out the location of local medical facilities. Know who to call or where to go in the case of a medical emergency.
  • Be sure to take care when swimming in the ocean, particularly in areas where there are strong currents and rip tides. Even the strongest swimmers are at risk in such conditions.

 

 

 

 

  •  The Meningitis B vaccine is now available at the University Health Center -  Schedule your vaccination today!

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-push-for-meningitis-b-vaccines-on-college-campuses-1441648703

Meningococcal Group B Vaccine FAQ's

I was already vaccinated against meningitis. What’s this new vaccine about?

Until just recently, the vaccines available were the quadrivalent conjugate vaccines, MCV-4. These vaccines protected against 4 serogroups (subtypes) of meningococcal disease, but it had been difficult for scientists to develop technology that would allow vaccination against a 5th important serogroup, B.

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Why should I care about the new vaccine? Isn’t the old vaccine (MCV-4) protection enough?

Unfortunately, because the older vaccines protected well against the other serogroups, the B serogroup has become a more common cause of illness, causing recent outbreaks at Princeton University and U.C. Santa Barbara. Additionally, two Lehigh students were stricken with meningitis B in November 2011.

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Why hasn’t the CDC endorsed the new vaccines yet?

CDC has recommended the serogroup B vaccine for certain high risk groups, and has given a soft or grade B  recommendation for routine use in adolescents and college students.  This new recommendation as of June 2015 means that most health insurance companies will cover the cost of getting vaccinated. 

Why are there two different types of the new vaccine?

Two pharmaceutical companies were able to use new technology to bring the new vaccines to market at almost the same time.

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How do the two new vaccines differ?

The bottom line is that neither vaccine is clearly superior with the data we have available currently.

Bexsero was used during the outbreaks at Princeton, and requires 2 doses at least one month apart.

Trumenba requires 3 doses over 6 months.

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Are the vaccines safe?

The rigorous FDA vaccine approval process has deemed them both as safe. It is however true that some issues with all new medicines, including vaccines, may not become clear for several years, once they are more widely used. The new vaccines, similar to MCV-4, can cause redness at the injection site, as well as fever.

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How much do the vaccines cost? Will my health insurance pay for it?

The Health and Wellness Center will provide the vaccines at cost to students. The current costs are as follows:

            Bexsero           $165, two doses required

            Trumenba       $125, three doses required

As always, our office accepts cash, check, GoldPLUS, and bursar billing, and will provide receipts for submission to insurance.

Families are advised to check with their insurance companies, as not all may be covering the cost of the new vaccines.

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Why is the Health and Wellness Center offering both of the vaccines?

It is too early to know which vaccines physician offices will be carrying. Once a student starts with one brand of the vaccine, the same vaccine product must be used for all doses.

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Will there be a vaccine that can protect against all the serogroups?

Hopefully, there will one day be technology that will allow for a vaccine against all five important serogroups, but that does not appear to be in the near future. The improved version of the quadrivalent vaccine (MCV-4) has been available since 2005.

 

News Update

 

Body fat testing is back at the Health Center!

Photo of measuring tape wrapped around scale the reads Check Your Body Fat

 

Proper Protocol for Tanita Body Composition Testing:

In order to obtain the most accurate results from your Tanita Body Composition Analyzer, please ensure the following conditions are met:

  • No alcohol 48 hours before the test
  • Avoid intense exercise 12 hours before the test
  • Avoid overeating or drinking (especially caffeinated products) 4 hours before the test
  • Empty bladder 30 minutes before the test
  • Avoid all diuretics for 7 days before test (if possible)
  • Test should be taken 3 hours after waking

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A PACEMAKER OR OTHER INTERNAL ELECTICAL MEDICAL DEVICES SHOULD NOT USE THIS PRODUCT

*Illness at the time of measurement may affect individual hydration levels, which may affect results.