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Suspected Cases of Mumps on Campus

To the Yale Community:

I write to let you know that we have two suspected cases of mumps, one in an undergraduate living on campus and one in a graduate student living off campus. In recent months, several colleges and universities throughout the country have reported outbreaks of mumps, including at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and at Harvard. Over 90% of Yale undergraduates have received mumps vaccine, but it is still possible for students or other members of the campus community to contract the disease.

Mumps is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is spread through indirect or direct contact with an infected person’s nose or throat droplets, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes because of inflammation of the salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. Other common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they have the disease.

Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks. However, mumps can occasionally cause severe complications, especially in adults. Treatment includes rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicine to reduce fever and discomfort. Since mumps is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not used as a treatment. 

People with mumps can spread the infection for up to two days before, and five days after, symptoms develop, so those infected can spread the disease before they feel sick. Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12 to 25 days after infection. More information about mumps is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If members of the Yale community develop symptoms of mumps, they should contact their primary care clinician. Students should call Student Health at 203-432-0312.

Students who have mumps or mumps-like symptoms will be asked to go home if they live close enough to New Haven or if their parent or guardian is able to pick them up. Students who are not able to go home will be cared for at Yale Health until they are no longer contagious. Faculty and staff with symptoms should consult their health care providers; they should not come to work.

We will let you know if additional information becomes available. Again, please contact Yale Health or another health care provider right away if you are experiencing symptoms. 

Sincerely,

Paul Genecin

Holiday Hours
Pharmacy and Lab - Thanksgiving Hours and Closing Early December 8th

The Yale Health Pharmacy will be closed on Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving.

The Pharmacy will be open on Friday, November 25th from  8:30 am - 2:30 pm and Saturday, November 26th from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

On Thursday, December 8th the Pharmacy will close at 5:00 pm.

The Yale Health Lab will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th and will be open from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 26th. Yale Health members can use any Quest Diagnostic lab in New England.

Flu Vaccine
Get Your Flu Shot!

Yale Health is committed to keeping the Yale community "flu free" - so each year we organize vaccination clinics where we immunize members of Yale's faculty, staff and student populations at no charge.

Flu Clinic Schedule

Hours
Pharmacy Academic Hours

The Yale Health Center Pharmacy's hours from September 6th through May 28th 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

 

Zika Virus Information August 15, 2016

News about zika virus is constantly changing as we learn more about the virus. Zika virus especially concerns people who travel, pregnant women and those trying to get pregnant.

Highlights of what you need to know from the CDC.

 

 

 

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Yale Health Offers New Choice for Pregnancy Care and Birth

Yale Health now offers a new option for pregnant women after their first trimester of pregnancy, prenatal care and delivery by the nurse-midwives affiliated with the Vidone Birth Center at the St. Rapael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital, with a referral. Read more on our Options for Prenatal Care and Delivery page.

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

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.

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.