News and Announcements
March 31, 2016
To the Yale Community:
I write today with an update about meningococcal disease at Yale and with some important information about meningococcus vaccines to protect students.
In February, a student became seriously ill from type B meningococcus. This student responded well to treatment but was subsequently found to have another episode of meningococcal disease. She has been treated and is recovering.
On March 23rd, I told you about a possible second case of meningococcal disease in a Yale College student. Based on all the information we now have, we can conclude that this student did not have disease caused by the meningococcus bacteria. The student is in good health and no further treatment for the student or the student’s contacts is recommended.
Vaccination for meningococcal disease caused by A, C, W and Y strains is currently required for incoming college students. Vaccines for type B – which has caused most of the recent cases on college campuses – are available, but not currently required.
Although public health authorities have not recommended universal vaccination of college students for type B meningococcus, we strongly urge Yale students and their parents to carefully consider the potential benefits of vaccination against type B meningococcus now or before returning to campus in the fall.
Yale Health provides the vaccine for serogroup B to those who wish to have it. This will be a covered expense for students with Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty coverage, and employees insured by Yale Health. Those who have other health insurance and elect to have the vaccine will be responsible for its cost ($306 at Yale Health), if it is not covered by their private insurance. The vaccine offered by Yale Health requires two inoculations, with the second occurring at least one month after the first.
To schedule an appointment, students between the ages of 18 and 25 can call Preventive Health at 203-432-0093. Others should speak with their primary clinician about risks and benefits of vaccination.
In the event of any additional suspected or confirmed case of meningococcal disease, we will continue to work closely with the New Haven Health Department, the CT Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide the Yale community with the best possible advice. In the meantime, if you have questions or need advice, you should call Student Health (203-432-0312) or your primary care provider.
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March 22, 2016
To the Yale Community:
As you know from my earlier message, a Yale College student was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of meningococcal disease. We are thankful to learn that the student is recovering.
A second Yale College student fell ill while on break and was tested for meningococcal disease. The test results were inconclusive and the student has recovered. Additional testing is underway to determine if this person’s illness may have been caused by meningococcal bacteria. In the meantime, we are notifying those who have had close contact with the second student to provide them with preventative treatment.
As a reminder, meningococcal infection is not as easily spread as germs that cause the common cold or the flu. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by breathing the air where a person with meningococcal disease has been. Only those who have come into close, extended contact with a person with bacterial meningitis are at risk of infection.
The Yale Health telephone hotline remains available for those who have questions or need information about obtaining preventative treatment. The hotline number is 866-924-9253. If you want general information about meningitis, please refer to the university’s Emergency Management website at http://emergency.yale.edu.
For those who have questions about vaccines, Connecticut state law requires — subject to certain limited exceptions — that students in residential settings be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Although the vaccine that most of our students receive does not protect against serogroup B meningococcal disease, there is a newer form of vaccine that does protect against this strain. Anyone can get the vaccine at Yale Health, and it will be a covered expense for those students with Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty coverage, and employees insured by Yale Health.
Those who have other health insurance will be responsible for the cost of the vaccine ($306 at Yale Health), if not covered by their private insurance. The vaccine requires two inoculations, with the second occurring at least one month after the first. Parents of pediatric patients and anyone over 25 years of age should contact their primary care provider. All others can call Preventive Health at 203-432-0093 to schedule an appointment.
We continue to work and consult with the New Haven Health Department, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we will be back in touch with more information when we have results from the additional testing.
Paul Genecin, M.D.
Director, Yale Health
March 18, 2016
To the Yale Community:
The Yale College student who was treated last month for meningococcal disease is hospitalized out of state for what appears to be a recurrence of the initial infection, although the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. Although the student has been quite ill, there are very positive signs of improvement, and we are hopeful that there will be a full recovery.
While the risk to the campus community is low, as a precautionary measure the university and local and state departments of health have begun identifying and reaching out to those who had close, extended contact with the student just prior to spring break in order to offer preventative treatment.
Although meningitis is contagious, it is not as easily spread as germs that cause the common cold or the flu. The bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by breathing the air where a person with meningococcal disease has been. Only those who have come into close, extended contact with a person with bacterial meningitis are at risk of infection. Recurrences of the disease are rare but can happen following recommended treatment of the initial infection. Additional information on bacterial meningitis can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html
The university has set up a telephone hotline staffed by healthcare professionals for those who have questions or need information about obtaining preventative treatment. The hotline number is 866-924-9253. FAQs with information about the disease and what you can do to prevent it are posted on the university’s Emergency Management website at http://emergency.yale.edu in the “Information about Meningitis” box at the top right of the webpage.
We will share updates as we have additional information.
Paul Genecin, M.D.
Director, Yale Health
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Please visit the CDC website for Zika virus travel alerts.
Pregnant women in any trimester, or women who are trying to get pregnant, should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.
Pregnant women who have traveled to one of these areas should contact the Ob/Gyn Department for advice, 203-432-0222.
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Yale students can come to one of the free group sessions to get general information prior to their trip.
The session is a prerequisite to receiving travel vaccines, which are administered on a fee-for-service basis.
Please complete and submit a travel form prior to attending one of the sessions.
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For more information, call the Travel Department at 203-432-0093.
The manufacturer of Sanofi Auvi-Q (epinephrine) auto-injector devices has announced a voluntary recall. Devices with the following lot numbers and expiration dates are part of the recall:
• lots between 229956 and 3037230, and
• expiration between (and including) March 2016 and December 2016
This is a voluntary recall. You should count on your current device until you get a new one. Sanofi will have directions on what to do with your old devices soon.
If you have a device that is part of this recall you should call the Yale Health Pharmacy (203-432-0033) to begin the process of refilling your prescription with a different device (e.g., Epi-Pen Jr., Epi-Pen, and epinephrine auto-injectors). If you have a refill available, an alternative will be dispensed. If not, pharmacy staff will get a new prescription for you from your clinician.
You will have a copay for this next device. Sanofi will reimburse you for your copay. Information about this process is available on its web site.
Your health is important to us. Please let us know how we can assist further, with this or any other concern.
Yale Health has initiated work to convene a Patient & Family Council as part of an effort to further advance the principles of patient-centered care.
Council members will work together with Yale Health leadership to promote, review, and advise on operational processes and programs that address the needs of patients and families.
Patients and family members will play a role as ‘patient partners’, acting as a resource to the organization.
For more information or to apply to the Council, please visit yalehealth.yale.edu/volunteer.
Below are current research opportunities at Yale University:
- Diabetes Live Study - Do you have type 2 diabetes and want to learn more about your diabetes from home? Call (212) 992-9403, or email LiveStudy@nyu.edu, or visit https://wp.nyu.edu/diabetes_study
- FAstGen (Asthma and Genetics) - families are needed to study the genetics of asthma, 203-737-6229, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Neural Mechanisms of Obesity in Chronic Low Back Pain - have you been recently experiencing back pain? 203-562-9901 ext. 210, email@example.com
- T2DM Brain Imaging Study - Do you have type 2 diabetes? Do you want to lose weight? Call (203) 785-6222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Non-Pharmacologic Treatment for Children with ADHD or Attention Difficulties – Children between the ages of 6 and 8 with access to a home computer and internet connection. Call 203-737-5588 or email Corinne.email@example.com for more information
- Pregnancy and New Mother’s Study – Women who are at least 7 months pregnant or have delivered within the last 9 months. Call 203-785-3502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The laboratory on the lower level of the Yale Health Center is now open Saturdays from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. It is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-5:15 pm. Yale Health members may also use any Quest Diagnostics laboratory in the six New England states.
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Laboratory testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed that the student tested positive for a form of meningitis known as serogroup B meningococcal disease. Most cases of serogroup B meningococcal disease occur sporadically, and a single case does not mean there is an outbreak on campus.
Connecticut state law requires that students in residential settings be vaccinated against meningococcal disease, but the vaccine that most of our students receive does not protect against serogroup B meningococcal disease. There is, however, a newer form of vaccine that does cover serogroup B. With a single case on campus, federal, state, and local health officials do not recommend mass vaccinations, but we are prepared to offer the new vaccine to anyone in the Yale community who wishes to be vaccinated.
The new vaccine requires two inoculations, with the second occurring at least one month after the first. Anyone can get the vaccine at Yale Health, and it will be a covered expense for those students with Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty coverage, and employees insured by Yale Health. Those who have other health insurance should be aware that the total cost of both inoculations is $256.00, if not covered by their private insurance.
Yale Health has ordered the vaccine and will begin providing it to anyone in the Yale community beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17. Please call 203-432-0076 to schedule an appointment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics president urges parents to vaccinate their children against measles. Read the full statement here, it includes valuable resources.
September 16, 2014
To the Yale Community:
We write to update you on Yale-related travel in light of the continuing spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. While the risk to the Yale community remains very small, we have nonetheless been closely monitoring information about the virus.
Based on the latest data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, officials at Yale Health have updated their advice to members of the Yale community. The University strongly advises against travel to the following countries until further notice: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. This list may be expanded if circumstances change. Students in Yale College will not receive credit or funding for activities involving travel in these countries. Student groups are not permitted to travel to these countries.
In the rare circumstance that a member of the Yale community must travel in these countries (e.g., for a family emergency), he or she must follow the usual procedure for international travel by registering at the Yale international travel website prior to leaving Yale. In addition, before returning to campus, travelers must call the Yale Health Inpatient Unit at (203) 432-0001 to register their travel status. Important information about what you should be doing if you must travel in these countries is available on the CDC website.
The Ebola outbreak has been devastating to people living in affected areas and continues to be a major public health threat around the globe. Conversations are under way on campus concerning ways to raise funds and provide support; more information about these efforts will be available soon.
Ben Polak, Provost
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The recent merger of Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) with the Hospital of St. Raphael has created changes in the New Haven healthcare landscape.
Many questions remain about the type of services that will be available at the two campuses of Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Our physicians, care coordinators and specialty consultants are currently working only at the YNHH York Street Campus (the pre-merger Yale-New Haven facility).
When necessary, you should continue to use only the YNHH York Street emergency room.
If you require admission, you should request to be admitted to the York Street facility where you will be treated by the doctors who know you best.
If you have any questions, please call Member Services at 203-432-0246 or Care Coordination at 203-436-5791.