Update on Local Meningitis Outbreak and Recommendations for Vaccination
In the past couple of months, meningococcal disease has been identified in six University of Oregon students. One of these students lives at the Capstone 13th and Olive student apartment building which means that all students living in this building, including Lane Community College students, are at risk for exposure to meningococcal disease. No other LCC students are considered at risk at this time, according to health authorities.
Meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis and other serious infections, is a contagious infection that is very serious and in come cases can be fatal. The disease is spread through sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Although it is contagious, not all individuals in our community are considered at risk for contracting the disease.
Public health authorities have identified at-risk populations and have made a strong effort to give the meningitis B vaccine to as many of these people as possible to prevent further infections. To reiterate, except for students who live at the Capstone building, LCC students are not considered at risk at this time and therefore are not able to receive the vaccine at pharmacies, from the LCC Health Clinic, or from Lane County Public Health. If you are concerned, you may contact your personal health care provider who may be able to assist you in receiving the meningitis B vaccine.
For more information about meningitis visit the Oregon Health Authority online.
If you have questions, please call the LCC Health Clinic at (541) 463-5665 except during spring break, March 22-29, when it will be closed. You can also call Lane County Public Health at (541) 682-4041.
The Center for Disease Control has announced a Flu epidemic in the United States. It's not too late to get a flu vaccine.
The 2014-15 flu vaccine won't protect you from all flu varieties but it is still effective. Remember the best protection is to thoroughly wash your hands -often, cover your cough (elbow), wear a mask when you are around other people, and stay home when you are sick to prevent the spread of the flu.
Infectious Disease - Lane Community College has an infectious disease plan we update to prepare for flu season, Ebola, or any other infectious disease epidemic. Ebola is in the news lately and while no one associated with Lane Community College has been directly affected, the medical staff at the Lane Health Clinic encourages everyone to be informed about the risks, especially if upcoming travel plans include affected areas. The Lane County Public Health Department and Oregon Health Authority work to keep all of us up-to-date on risk to Oregonians, treatment resources, and prevention methods for our community.
Ebola - At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states Ebola outbreak does not pose a significant threat to the public in the United States, but the agency has issued travel notices advising against nonessential travel to West Africa. Students, faculty, and staff planning to travel to other West African countries should register through the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website and enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). For more information about the disease, including signs and symptoms, transmission, and risk of exposure see the CDC Ebola website.