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The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

We will reopen on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns
by calling (860) 685-2470.  You will speak “live” with an after hours call center rep who will take a message and contact the Doctor on-call.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 346-4484

(*Please alert clinic staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct  06457
(860) 346-7738

Crescent Street Obstetrics and Gynecology
49 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 344-9993

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the
Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

A list of classroom changes has been posted by the Registrar at https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/departments/Reg/Classrooms/Public/ClassroomChanges.pdf.

This CLASSROOM CHANGES link is accessible:

Please contact Paul Turenne, Associate Registrar at pturenne@wesleyan.edu or x2352  if you have any questions.

Residential Life is providing alternative housing in lounges for students in residences without power. Students should contact Residential Life at 860-685-3550 by 11 p.m. if they are interested in staying in a lounge.  Once they contact Residential Life, card access will be provided and students will be registered for the lounge to offset overcrowding.

Please contact the Office of Residential Life if you have any questions at 860-685-3550.

  • When exposed to cold temperatures, the pipes in your residence can freeze and rupture, causing significant damage to your personal property and to the building. During the winter months, make sure that every window in your residence is closed and locked tightly at all times. If you have storm windows, pull them closed.
  • Set your heating thermostat (if your unit has one) between 65-68 degrees throughout the winter. Never turn your heat off in the winter.
  • If your residence is frequently too hot or too cold, or if your windows do not lock closed,  please call customer service at 860-685-3400 so that Physical Plant can rectify the situation for you.
  • If you have a car on campus, please be sure to pay attention to the parking ban alerts, and move your car to a student lot by the designated time.
  • You are responsible for shoveling snow off of and around your personal vehicle. You can borrow a shovel from the Public Safety office when you leave your student ID with them.
  • If your car requires a tow truck, you are responsible for making the arrangements. Physical Plant cannot push, pull or tow your vehicle.

Davison Health Center will be offering free H1N1 flu clinics for all interested students, faculty and staff over the next few weeks as vaccine is obtained from the State Health Department. Clinics will be held

  • Thursday, January 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Monday, February 1 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, February 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

No appointment necessary. Please follow signs inside the Health Center for “H1N1 flu clinic waiting room.”

The Davison Health Center will begin offering H1N1 flu clinics to any student interested in receiving the vaccination.  The first two clinics are planned for Tuesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 28 from 10am to 2pm. No appointment necessary.  Follow the signs inside the Health Center for “H1N1 flu clinic waiting area”.

The vaccine is provided free through the State Department of Health.  Supplies will be replenished on a regular basis and clinics will continue to be offered throughout the semester.  Faculty and staff will be notified when clinics will be open to the entire campus community.

Contact Joyce Walter with questions at 860-685-2656 or jwalter@wesleyan.edu

Davison Health Center will close for Winter Recess on Tuesday, December 22,  2009 at 5:00 p.m.

(Please note: On call services will not be available over break but will begin on Sunday, January 17, at 9:00 a.m. — 860.685.2470 option 2.)

DHC will reopen regular hours on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Please note: Hours on January 18-20 are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular schedule begins Thursday, January 21.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

  • Community Health Center*
    635 Main Street, Middletown
    860.347.6971
    $5.00 co-pay for students with University Insurance
    (*please alert CHC staff that you are a Wesleyan student)
  • Preferred Walk-In Medical Center (next to Super Food Mart)
    842 Washington Street, Middletown
    860.346.4484
  • Middlesex Family Physicians
    400 Old Saybrook Road, Middletown
    860.346.7738

If the above facilities are closed, students should access

  • Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
    28 Crescent Street, Middletown
    860.344.6000

In case of emergency, call 911.

The ninth and tenth in a series of H1N1 flu clinics sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area 36 (MDA 36) are scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM, and Wednesday, December 30, Noon – 6:00. Both clinics will be held in the Fox Parish Center, St. Francis Church, 10 Elm Street, Middletown.

The clinics are free and open only to residents of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield, and Middletown. Proof of residency will be required. Students should present a Wesleyan ID as proof of Middletown residency. The vaccine will be given out by appointment.

People who have a severe allergy to eggs or running a fever should not receive the vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza.

More H1N1 flu clinics are expected to be scheduled and are sponsored by MDA 36: the City of Middletown; the towns of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam and Middlefield.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for either clinic, call (860) 344-3474. To pre-register on-line: www.cityofmiddletown.com. Click on “H1N1 (Swine Flu) Tips and free Clinic Information.”

The eighth in a series of H1N1 flu clinics sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area 36 (MDA 36) is scheduled for Thursday, December 3, from noon – 6:00 PM in the Middletown City Hall Council Chamber at 245 deKoven Drive, Middletown. The clinic is open only to residents of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield, and Middletown.

The clinic is free but proof of age and residency will be required. Wesleyan Students should present their Wesleyan ID cards as proof of Middletown residency. The vaccine will be given out by appointment only.

Residents eligible to receive the nasal spray must be 2 – 24 years of age in good health, or healthy individuals who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, or certified emergency medical personnel (license required) who are in good health, or healthcare workers (including schools nurses) in good health who have direct patient contact (especially with children).

Only one dose of nasal spray is needed to protect adults against H1N1 flu. However, children under the age of 10 who receive the vaccine mist must receive a second dose in about 30 days (parents or guardians should check with their health care provider to determine if the vaccine is appropriate for their child). Children who have already received their first dose of nasal vaccine and due for another, may receive their second dose at this clinic (influenza vaccination card must be presented).

Pregnant women cannot receive the vaccine by nasal spray but can get the vaccine by intramuscular injection (shot). Individuals who live with or care for children less than 6 months of age, all children 6 months – 6 years old, children 7 – 64 years with high risk – medical conditions, certified medical emergency personnel (license required), or healthcare workers (including school nurses) with direct patient care (especially with children) can also get an injection.

People who have a severe allergy to eggs should not receive the H1N1 vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza.

Participants can pre-register for the December 3 flu clinic by to www.cityofmiddletown.com and clicking “H1N1 Clinic Pre-registration form.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call (860) 344-3474.

More H1N1 flu clinics are expected to be scheduled for other segments of the population. The clinics are sponsored by MDA 36: the City of Middletown and the towns of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam and Middlefield.

After consultation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we have received approval to extend the age range for faculty, staff and students with high-risk conditions to whom we can offer H1N1 vaccine. We are not able to vaccinate dependents at this time. Please read the criteria listed below carefully to determine if you qualify. Our stock comprises a limited supply of injectable vaccine (shot) form which is an inactivated virus vaccine. It is being provided by the federal government and will be administered at no cost. See Side Effects and Benefits below.

We continue to work closely with state and local public health officials and are doing everything we can to get H1N1 vaccine to as many segments of the Wesleyan community as quickly as possible. There is a nationwide shortage of vaccine. We will send updates as additional and expanded vaccination opportunities become available. Your patience is appreciated.

To qualify for the vaccine currently available at Wesleyan you must be:

  • A Wesleyan faculty, staff or student aged 17-64 years old

AND

  • Pregnant

OR

Diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease [such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Neurological disorders (such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injuries, moderate to profound intellectual disability [mental retardation] or developmental delay)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
  • Weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV or AIDS or who are on medications that weaken the immune system)

When will the vaccine be administered?

The second WALK-IN clinic will be held at the Davison Health Center on Tuesday, November 24 from 10:00 to 2:00. Please expect a bit of wait time at the clinic. Other clinics will be held when vaccine supply is replenished. Questions? Please email Joyce Walter, Health Center Director at jwalter@wesleyan.edu.

Side Effects

CDC expects that any side effects following vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be rare. If side effects occur, they will likely be similar to those experienced following seasonal influenza vaccine. Mild problems that may be experienced include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fainting (mainly adolescents), headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare.

Benefits

Although the efficacy of vaccination against pandemic H1N1 influenza A has not been proven, a study that modeled the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of vaccination suggested that vaccinating 40 percent of the population of a large US city (population 8.3 million) with a vaccine that is 75 percent effective in November 2009 would avert 1468 deaths, gain 49,422 quality-adjusted life-years, and save $302 million.

The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, November 30 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns by calling (860) 685-2470 and selecting option 2. Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Community Health Center*
635 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-6971
$5.00 co-pay for students with University Insurance
(*Please alert CHC staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4484

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct 06457
(860) 346-7738

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the

Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

After consultation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, we have received approval to extend the age range for students with high-risk conditions to whom we can offer H1N1 vaccine.  Please read the criteria listed below carefully to determine if you qualify.  Our stock comprises a limited supply in multi-dose vials.  This is the injectable (shot) form of the vaccine which is an inactivated virus vaccine.  It is being provided by the federal government and will be administered at no cost.  See Side Effects and Benefits below.

We continue to work closely with state and local public health officials and are doing everything we can to get H1N1 vaccine to as many segments of the Wesleyan community as quickly as possible.  There is a nationwide shortage of vaccine.  We will send updates as additional and expanded vaccination opportunities become available.  Your patience is appreciated.

To qualify for the vaccine currently available at Wesleyan you must be:

A Wesleyan student aged 17-24 years old

AND

Pregnant

OR

Diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders (including sickle cell disease)
  • Chronic lung disease [such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)]
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Neurological disorders (such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injuries, moderate to profound intellectual disability [mental retardation] or developmental delay)
  • Neuromuscular disorders (such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis)
  • Weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV or AIDS or who are on medications that weaken the immune system)

When will the vaccine be administered?

Two WALK-IN clinics will be held at the Davison Health Center on Thursday, November 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 and Friday, November 6 from 1:00 to 4:00.  Other clinics will be held when vaccine supply is replenished.  Questions? Please email Joyce Walter, Health Center Director at jwalter@wesleyan.edu.

Side Effects

CDC expects that any side effects following vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be rare. If side effects occur, they will likely be similar to those experienced following seasonal influenza vaccine. Mild problems that may be experienced include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fainting (mainly adolescents), headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare.

Benefits

Although the efficacy of vaccination against pandemic H1N1 influenza A has not been proven, a study that modeled the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of vaccination suggested that vaccinating 40 percent of the population of a large US city (population 8.3 million) with a vaccine that is 75 percent effective in November 2009 would avert 1468 deaths, gain 49,422 quality-adjusted life-years, and save $302 million.

We have received our first allotment of H1N1 vaccine comprising 100 doses in multi-dose vials.  This is the injectable (shot) form of the vaccine.  This is an inactivated virus vaccine.  It is being provided by the federal government and will be given at no cost.  See Side Effects and Benefits below.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has advised us that this batch of vaccine is reserved for health care providers and individuals 18 years and younger at high risk of complications from influenza.  With future supply we anticipate broader target groups for vaccination.

Who qualifies for this batch of vaccine?

Students who are 18 or younger and are at high risk of complication from influenza due to asthma, diabetes, immune deficiency (due to disease or medication) or other conditions as detailed here:  http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/highrisk.htm.

How do I schedule vaccination?

Email Joyce Walter (jwalter@wesleyan.edu).  She will follow up with you and schedule you for vaccination during an upcoming clinic.

Side Effects

CDC expects that any side effects following vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine would be rare. If side effects occur, they will likely be similar to those experienced following seasonal influenza vaccine. Mild problems that may be experienced include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fainting (mainly adolescents), headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea. If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare.

Benefits

Although the efficacy of vaccination against pandemic H1N1 influenza A has not been proven, a study that modeled the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of vaccination suggested that vaccinating 40 percent of the population of a large US city (population 8.3 million) with a vaccine that is 75 percent effective in November 2009 would avert 1468 deaths, gain 49,422 quality-adjusted life-years, and save $302 million.

h1n1q&aDr. Davis Smith from the Davison Health Center will be holding an informal Q&A session about H1N1 flu on Monday, October 5, at 12:00 noon in Usdan 110.   Bring your own lunch.

Wesleyan’s Davison Health Center has seen a modest rise in cases of influenza like illness compared to past Septembers. Some of these cases have met CDC criteria for influenza-like illness and self isolation has been recommended. A few students have been temporarily relocated to alternative housing on campus until they recover. Many of these students have already recovered and the rest are doing well. One case was tested off-campus and is probable for H1N1. We are also testing a few cases that present possible clinical matches.

We have held two clinics for the seasonal influenza vaccine and 600 students have thus far been vaccinated. The third flu clinic is Tuesday, October 13 from 4-7 in Usdan 108. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to come for vaccination. More information is available at www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04.html and there will be a faculty/staff clinic Saturday, October 17, 10-1 and we encourage students who cannot get to the clinic on October 13 to stop by on the 17th www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04faculty.html.

The currently available seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1. However, it is especially recommended for college students this year. The objective is to help prevent students contracting both types of flu at the same time and, in general, to give them as much protection from as many kinds of flu as we can.

Current information is that the H1N1 vaccine will become available in early October. We do not have final details yet as to who will be targeted for the vaccine or how many doses will be available. Once that information is available, we will communicate it to the campus community.

We continue to urge all the Wesleyan Community to follow flu-prevention behaviors, including the frequent washing of hands. Also, if you believe you have contracted flu (symptoms are listed here: http://emergencymanagement.blogs.wesleyan.edu) please arrange a visit to a physician or the health center for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

We continue to urge all the Wesleyan Community to follow flu-prevention behaviors, including the frequent washing of hands. If you believe you have contracted influenza (symptoms are listed here: http://emergencymanagement.blogs.wesleyan.edu) please call your health care provider to discuss your symptoms. Students are encouraged to call the Davison Health Center flu line (860) 685-2653 Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm and the 24-hour line (860) 685-2470 at other times to discuss their illness, if appropriate, and especially if symptoms are severe or if they need to discuss relocation.

Dr. Davis Smith, Medical Director at the Davison Health Center will be holding an informal Q&A about H1N1 on Monday, October 5 at noon in 108 Usdan. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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