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October 22, 2004


Flu Shots Due to the national shortage of flu vaccine for this year, College Health Services will administer immunizations only to those students, faculty, and staff that meet the high-risk guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The guidelines that are pertinent to members of our community are:

• Adults 65 years and older

• Adults and children with a chronic health condition: heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, cancer, or HIV/AIDS

• Women who will be pregnant during the flu season (November–March)

• Healthcare workers who are involved in direct patient care (we have extended this to our public safety officers due to the nature of their work at MHC)

• Household contacts of children younger than 6 months

If you meet one of these criteria and want to receive a flu shot, call x2121 between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, to make an appointment. The flu clinic will be held on October 29. There is a $15 charge.

We are not requiring a note from your primary-care physician but we will ask you to identify the risk factor that has placed you in the high-risk group. We are being asked by the Department of Public Health to report the number of doses that we have and risk fines if we do not follow these guidelines.

We trust that all members of the community understand the need to set priorities that will safeguard the most vulnerable and best protect the community health. We also encourage all members of the community to take other preventative measures to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading influenza. Some basic prevention includes: 1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too; 2. Stay home when you are sick; 3. Cover your mouth and nose; 4. Clean your hands; 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Maintain other good habits such as getting plenty of rest and physical activity, managing stress, and maintaining good diet and hydration.

December Deadlines for Laurel Fellowships Mount Holyoke offers the Laurel Fellowships for off-campus study for students whose own financial resources are not sufficient to cover the cost of study abroad or participation in one of the designated programs in the U.S. with which the College is affiliated. The Laurel Fellowships substitute for need-based financial aid that students receive here, and are the only financial aid offered by Mount Holyoke for study away; they are awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline to apply for all or part of the 2005–2006 academic year (including fall 2005, spring 2006, or the full year) is December 3 for study abroad, the American University Washington Semester Program, and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory Semester in Environmental Science Program; for the Twelve College Exchange, the deadline is December 15. All aid is for semester or academic year study except for the Marylee Bomboy ’67 Fund, which may be used for summer study abroad without restriction as to location. All students who expect to need assistance for study away must submit an application for the Laurel Fellowship even if they are applying to a program or exchange for which a fellowship is guaranteed. Additional information and forms are available from the Center for Global Initiatives at


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