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
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 www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/programs/global/sa/finaid.html.
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