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Students should take proper precautions reguarding the flu. Read more information about the flu at cdc.gov/flu.

Meningitis Vaccination Clinic

Students who are interested in receiving a meningitis vaccination may call the Saint Joseph County Health Department. They can be reached at 574.256.6230. Additional information on meningitis can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html, http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines and http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-mening.pdf.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis or whooping cough is bacterial disease spread by coughing and sneezing. Tdap (tetanus booster with a pertussis vaccine) helps prevent the spread of the disease. If you cough so hard that you vomit, please see your doctor and contact Student Health Services at 574.807.7370. For more information: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/PertussisQF_may2011.pdf

MRSA

What is MRSA? Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of skin or soft tissue infection that is resistant to most standard antibiotics including Penicillin but is treatable with other antibiotics. Wound drainage or pus is very infectious. (See MRSA fact sheet)

Steps to Prevent MRSA Infection:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS—for 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available then use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • TREAT CUTS, SCRAPES, AND ABRASIONS IMMEDIATELY. Keep wounds covered until healed. If a red, swollen “spider bite” appears, get immediate medical attention.
  • AVOID CONTACT WITH OTHERS WOUNDS OR BANDAGES.
  • SHOWER AFTER PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Bacteria grow best in warm, moist, environments such as those created after physical activity.
  • AVOID SHARING PERSONAL ITEMS SUCH AS TOWELS, RAZORS, BAR SOAP, BEDDING, CLOTHING, etc.
  • SANITIZE GYM EQUIPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER USE. To effectively kill MRSA, use an EPA registered disinfectant. For a list of products effective against MRSA, go to http://epa.gov/oppad001/chemregindex.htm

All cases of MRSA are to be reported to Bethel College Student Health Services 574.807.7370

For more information on health effects of MRSA and how to prevent infection, go to the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/mrsa

Organ Donor Awareness

Are you an organ donor? Do your loved ones know what you desire in the event of your death? For more information contact the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana at 1.800.382.9971 or www.shareyourlife.org

Information on Skin Cancer

Check out www.skincheck.com to familiarize yourself with the signs of melanoma and how to detect it.

Mental Health Information

Visit www.rainn.org for information regarding sexual assault, sexual abuse and incest.

Visit www.ulifeline.org for information on mental health. Take an online mental health survey, get answers to your mental health questions, and learn how to help a troubled friend.

These sites provide comprehensive information on mental health and mental illness:

Having problems sleeping? Check out these sites for tips and information:

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