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Pharmacy Update
Yale Health Pharmacy Closing Early for Inventory

The Yale Health Center Pharmacy will close at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th for annual inventory.

It will re-open Friday, July 1st at 8:30 a.m.

The pharmacy will also be closed on
Monday, July 4th.

Seasonal Allergies
Nasal Steroids Available Over-the-Counter

As of July 1st, 2016  all nasal steroids (with the exception of Veramyst; see the Yale Health Drug List for applicable copays) used to treat seasonal allergies will no longer be covered on the prescription benefit. Fluticasone (Flonase), budesonide (Rhinocort) and triamcinolone (Nasacort) will be available without a prescription at the Yale Health Pharmacy and other retail outlets where you purchase over the counter products

Mumps in New England

Cases of mumps have been confirmed on college campuses in the northeast. At this time there are no identified cases of mumps on the Yale campus.

For information about mumps visit the Conneciticut Department of Public Health or the CDC.

 

April 29, 2016

Update
Menigitis Update March 31, 2016

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.  

Sincerely,
Paul Genecin



 

Yale University Official Message

NOTE: This official Yale message can also be viewed at:
https://messages.yale.edu/messages/University/univmsgs/detail/135506

Meningitis Update March 22, 2016

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.

Sincerely,
Paul Genecin, M.D.
Director, Yale Health

Information
Meningitis Update from Dr. Genecin

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. 

Sincerely,
Paul Genecin, M.D.
Director, Yale Health

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.

Current Research Opportunities for Yale Health Members

Below are current research opportunities at Yale University:

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.

Americas

Africa

Asia/India

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.

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.

Tours
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.

Measles
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.

Lab Appointments
Schedule an Appointment for Your Blood Work

Click here to schedule an appointment for your blood work.

H.O.W.F.I.T.
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.