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Mumps Confirmed in 2 UWM Students

As of May 7th there are 2 confirmed cases and 1 suspect case of mumps that have been identified in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students. All of these students live in off campus residences. Norris Health Center is working closely with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to initiate the appropriate follow-up investigation with close contacts of cases. Across the state there have been over 20 cases reported in 2014.

Norris Health Center is encouraging all community members to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent spreading the illness.

1. Check your immunization records. Check your immunization records to make sure youíve had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Immunization with two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent up to 95% of mumps infections for young adults. Individuals born before 1957 are likely to have had mumps disease as a child and are not generally considered to need vaccination. If you have received vaccinations in Wisconsin to check your immunizations go to http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/publicAccess.htm.
If you have not been vaccinated, students can get vaccinated at no cost at Norris Health Center. Call 414-229-4716 to make an appointment. Faculty and staff should visit their private health care provider or pharmacy.

2. Follow these preventive actions. Mumps is spread from an infected person through coughing, sneezing, or talking or through contact with saliva so wash your hands regularly with soap and water; sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow; and avoid sharing drinks, food and utensils.

3. Watch for symptoms even if you have been vaccinated. Students should contact Norris Health Center if you experience them. Early symptoms usually begin 16 to 18 days after exposure and are similar to those of the flu: fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Swelling of the cheek and jaw area (salivary glands) usually follows and is a classic symptom of mumps. Sometimes mumps can cause tenderness or swelling of the testicles. In some cases, mumps infection can result in complications that can be severe and result in hospitalization. Students who experience symptoms should call Norris Health Center to make an appointment. Faculty and staff should contact their private health care provider.

4. Stay home if you are sick. Anyone suspected of having mumps is expected to stay home from school, work, or similar activities for five days. This means donít attend class or labs, go to work, or socialize with others during this five-day period and donít use public transportation. Mouth and nose should be covered during any sneezing or coughing and hands should be washed frequently. There is no treatment for mumps, but you can soothe your symptoms by getting plenty of bed rest, taking over-the-counter pain killers such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol to relieve any pain, and drinking plenty of fluids.

Additional information on mumps is available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/mumps.htm) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/). For more information or questions, contact Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716.

Get Covered - Health Insurance Options for 2014

We strongly recommend that you carry a health insurance policy that has comprehensive coverage and can be used for services and care in the Milwaukee area outside of the hours that Norris is open and for services beyond what is offered at Norris. Common reasons that students need health insurance include X-rays and other imaging, visits to a specialist, prescription medication coverage, surgery and emergency room care.

In December, Norris Health Center worked with the Student Association and the Union to bring representatives from the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Covering Kids and Family Services of Wisconsin to answer your questions on health insurance options available for 2014. The overview presentation and a newly developed summary handout summary handout provide a good starting place for more information.

New alternative for health insurance coverage in 2014 include coverage through health insurance marketplace exchanges and a newly expanded BadgerCare program expected to begin on April 1, 2014. Individuals can apply and enroll in the healthcare marketplace exchanges until March 31, 2014 at www.healthcare.gov. Through this site you can find out if you are eligible for BadgerCare and start the enrollment process. The state on-line application site, Access, at https://access.wisconsin.gov will be accepting applications for BadgerCare after February 3, 2014. More information about changes in Badgercare is located at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health-care/faq.htm.

UWM currently offers students a comprehensive policy with a low deductible through Student Assurances. More information about this year's policy is located at www.sas-mn.com . The last day to sign up for 2014 spring coverage is February 21, 2014.

Your health and wellness are important to your success and your ability to take advantage of all that UWM has to offer throughout your time on campus. The Norris Health Center is here to support you in identifying, understanding, and responding to any health-related issues that you may experience. Our caring, professional staff members have extensive training and experience and are dedicated to providing high quality, confidential health care to our student community. As a UWM student, Norris is your resource for medical, mental health, and health promotion services.

Norris Health Center offers very affordable services with no charge for visits to our primary care and mental health professionals and low cost lab and pharmacy services. We provide outpatient general illness, injury, preventive and counseling services Monday through Friday.

We look forward to being your healthcare provider and a resource for you during your time at UWM.

Letís Talk is a new and
exciting program for UWM students!

Letís Talk is a new and exciting program for UWM students! It provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation offered by counselors from Norris Health Center's Counseling and Consultation Services. Counselor consultants will hold drop-in hours at various sites around campus Monday through Thursday. All students are welcome. There is no fee, no appointment necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let's Talk was developed at Cornell University and has been duplicated in at least 15 campuses in the country. The program has received national recognition and been cited in the following articles: "Reaching Students Who Won't Walk In, The Expanding Safety Net, and "Eliminating Racial Disparities in College Completion and Achievement: Current Initiatives, New Ideas, and Assessment."

Examples of who may benefit from Let's Talk:
ē Students not sure about counseling and wonder what itís like
ē Students not interested in ongoing counseling but would like a counselorís perspective
ē Students who have a specific problem and want to talk it through
ē Students who have a concern about a friend and want some ideas about what to do

For more information on the Letís Talk program along with current schedule, locations and bios for the counselor consultants please click on here.

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