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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of spinal cord fluid caused by a virus or bacteria. Viral meningitis is easier to treat than bacterial meningitis.  Bacterial meningitis is more severe, and can result in brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Discomfort looking into bright lights
  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness

Meningitis

 

For more information check out the following web sites:

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Meningitis Wesite

Meningitis Foundation of America

New Meningitis Requirments for Massachusetts College Students

  • Residential students (newly enrolled full-time) who will be living in a dormitory or comparable congregate living arrangement licensed or approved by the university must receive MDPH’s Meningococcal Information and Waiver Form.  Students must provide proof of the required meningococcal immunization or submit a signed waiver within 30 days of registration.
  • Non-residential college students need to receive the the document titled Meningococcal Disease and College Students.

 

THE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE IS AVAILABLE IN HEALTH SERVICES 

BY APPOINTMENT

  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL  US

AT 617-552-3225  

Detailed information about the disease and the state requirements can be found
in our immunization forms on our immunization website.


What is the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease. It is caused by a virus that spreads from infected persons to the nose or throat of others.  The "influenza season" in the U.S. is from November through April each year.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle Aches