Yale Health

News and Announcements

Zika Virus
Message from Paul Genecin, M.D. about Zika Virus

Director of Yale Health, Paul Genecin, MD's message to the Yale Community about Zika virus, http://emergency.yale.edu/latest-news/message-paul-genecin-md-about-zika....

Zika Virus

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.


Thinking about quitting smoking? There's help available

Yale faculty and staff members and their dependents can learn about the Telephonic Tobacco Cessation Program, as well as additional means of support, here.

Yale students can learn about resources offered by Yale Health to help them quit here.

Visitors to the campus can learn about free resources available to help them quit here.

Read the Yale News article.

Travel Information Sessions this December
Planning on Traveling?

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.

Choose the region where you will be travelling below to register for a session.




Eastern Europe and Middle East

For more information, call the Travel Department at 203-432-0093.

Important Recall Information
Auvi-Q Auto-Injector Voluntary Recall

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.

Patient & Family Council
Yale Health forming Patient & Family Council

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.

Current Research Opportunities for Yale Health Members

Below are current research opportunities at Yale University:

Lab Hours
Laboratory Now Open Saturdays

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.

Pharmacy Academic Hours

The Yale Health Center Pharmacy's hours from Sept. 8 through May 27 are:

  • Monday 8:00 am-6:30 pm

  • Tuesday 8:00 am-7:00 pm

  • Wednesday 8:00 am-7:00 pm

  • Thursday 8:30 am-6:30 pm

  • Friday 8:00 am-6:30 pm

  • Saturday 8:30 am-3:30 pm


Yale Health Offering Tours and Orientation

Are you a new Yale employee who recently joined Yale Health?

Maybe you're a member who would like more information about your Yale Health coverage.

Join us for a tour of the Yale Health Center followed by an orientation session to learn about Yale Health. 

There will be time to ask questions in a group setting or on an individual basis.

There are multiple dates and times to choose from.

Click here to register.

How Can I Prevent and Treat Dry Skin?

Dr. Christopher Bunick, Dermatology, discusses a three-step approach to preventing dry skin as well as tips to treat dry skin.

Meningitis Update

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.

 Meningitis Information

Who Should Get the Type B Meningicoccus Vaccine?

AAP President Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Children Against Measles

The American Academy of Pediatrics president urges parents to vaccinate their children against measles.  Read the full statement here, it includes valuable resources.

Ebola Information
Message from the Director about Ebola

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
Paul Genecin, Director, Yale Health



Lab Appointments
Schedule an Appointment for Your Blood Work

Click here to schedule an appointment for your blood work.

Yale Health Unveils Family Internet Tool

Take action with Habits of Wellness: Family Internet Tool (H.O.W.F.I.T.), your family’s guide to healthy living. Learn how you can make wise choices and stay well. Even small changes can have big health benefits.

Inside you’ll find information about healthy eating and exercise habits. Read each section together, explore the resources, and print the tools to help your family stay on track!

Click here to visit H.O.W.F.I.T.

Emergency Care
Yale-New Haven Hospital York Street Campus

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. 

PCMH Recognition
Yale Health Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home

Yale Health has been recognized as a model of 21st-century primary care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which awarded the organization a perfect score for its accomplishments as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Read more.

Listen to Dr. Madeline Wilson discuss what getting care in a patient-centered medical home means to a patient.