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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:










Spring TB Gold Testing Schedule

MANDATORY TB screening and testing for at risk individuals is scheduled for Friday - January 20th from 11:00am to 12:30 pm 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.








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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.
  • If you drink, do so responsibly.  Know your limits.  Don’t leave your drink unattended. Don’t accept drinks from someone you don’t know.  Drink plenty of water and be sure to eat.  Don’t drink and drive.


Zika Virus Update 2.10.16, 4:45 pm:

Message to Lehigh Community Regarding Zika Virus

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

We have been informed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health that one of our students who traveled abroad over the winter break has tested positive for the Zika virus. We are grateful to be able to report that the student has recovered and is feeling well. 

The Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center has been in direct contact with state health officials, who indicate that there is no additional health risk to anyone on campus.

A Q & A developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can provide more background on the Zika virus: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/disease-qa.html.


John Smeaton

Vice-Provost of Student Affairs

Zika Virus Update 2.10.16:

Lehigh continues to monitor the Zika virus outbreak in various countries. No locally transmitted Zika  cases have been reported in the continental United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers.

Lehigh would like to advise members of the Lehigh community who are considering traveling in areas with the Zika virus to be aware and to take precautions. Updated information about Zika outbreaks around the globe can be found at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

If you are traveling to areas with active Zika virus transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites such as wearing long sleeves and long pants, staying in screened or air-conditioned places, applying government-registered bug repellents and using mosquito nets when sleeping.  You can read more about these suggestions on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/.

Any individuals who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consider avoiding or postponing travel to the affected areas.

More information can also be found at:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/zika

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/topics/zika/en/

U.S. State Department: https://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/Zika.html

We will continue to monitor this situation. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of the disease  – which includes fever, rash, conjunctivitis and joint pain – within two week of travel to an area of concern should contact the Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center for an appointment. Be sure to tell your health care provider when and where you have traveled.

FLU HAS ARRIVED: As of the first week of February, the Health and Wellness Center, as a state Department of Health influenza surveillance site, has confirmed flu in several of our students.

The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated each and every year. The strain of flu found in our students is included in this year's vaccine.

We always encourage washing your hands frequently and covering coughs and sneezes.

Those who have symptoms of the flu are advised to stay out of class until at least 24 hours passes without fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

The Health and Wellness Center is able to prescribe Tamiflu, which may be helpful if started up to 48 hours after symptoms have started in low risk healthy individuals.

For more advice, studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/node/2397

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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