Health Updates

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Community Health Advisory

Student Health Services (SHS) shares this community advisory for informational and awareness purposes only. 

A presumed case of mumps was seen May 7, 2019, in SHS. The student, who lives off campus, is doing well and expected to make a full recovery. SHS is working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to identify those who may have had close contact with the student.  

The symptoms of mumps are:

  • Swelling of salivary glands. The parotid salivary glands (which are located within your cheek, near your jaw line, below your ears) are most frequently affected.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite

Should you experience any of the symptoms of mumps disease contact your health care provider or call SHS at 310.338.2881. There is not a specific treatment for mumps, however, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine may prevent illness in a future mumps exposure. All LMU students are required to have documentation of two doses of MMR vaccine. Further information about mumps disease or the MMR vaccine may be found here. LMU will continue to work closely with the L.A. Department of Public Health to ensure the health and safety of our community. 

Measles Reported Near LMU

COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVISORY

Measles Incidents Reported Near LMU The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that several locations near LMU, including LAX, UCLA and California State University, Los Angeles, have possibly been exposed to measles. There have been no known cases identified at LMU. Measles is contagious and can spread through coughing or sneezing and is treated through supportive care such as rest, fluids and acetaminophen. Those whose immune systems are compromised, including those who are pregnant or vaccine objectors, are especially vulnerable to the measles virus. SHS reminds community members of the importance of being vaccinated against communicable diseases such as measles and encourages all to check their vaccine status to ensure it is up to date. The measles vaccine is known as MMR and two doses are required. Please check your immunization records to ensure you have had this vaccine and if not, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or if a student, contact SHS. All are encouraged to practice good cough hygiene by covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, washing hands frequently, getting adequate sleep and staying hydrated. 

More information from the CDC.

  • April 2019: Measles

    Student Health Services (SHS) reminds community members of the importance of being vaccinated against communicable diseases such as measles and encourages all to check their measles vaccine status to ensure it is up to date. The measles vaccine is known as MMR and two doses are required. Please check your immunization records to ensure you have had this vaccine and if not, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or if a student, contact SHS. All are encouraged to practice good cough hygiene by covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, frequent handwashing, adequate sleep and hydration.

     

    COMMUNITY ADVISORY - April 24, 2019

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that several locations near LMU, including LAX, UCLA and California State University, Los Angeles, have possibly been exposed to measles. There have been no known cases identified at LMU. Measles is contagious and can spread through coughing or sneezing and is treated through supportive care such as rest, fluids and acetaminophen. Those whose immune systems are compromised, including those who are pregnant or vaccine objectors, are especially vulnerable to the measles virus. SHS reminds community members of the importance of being vaccinated against communicable diseases such as measles and encourages all to check their vaccine status to ensure it is up to date. The measles vaccine is known as MMR and two doses are required. Please check your immunization records to ensure you have had this vaccine and if not, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or if a student, contact SHS. All are encouraged to practice good cough hygiene by covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, washing hands frequently, getting adequate sleep and staying hydrated. 

  • Summer: Health Tips

    10 Tips for a Healthy Summer

    1. Keep Hydrated: Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to help prevent illness and maintain healthy bones and muscles
    2. Eat Fresh Foods: Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
    3. Get Regular Exercise: A regiment of regular exercise enhances one's cardiovascular system, reduce pain, and levels of stress.
    4. Improve Your Lifestyle: Improve one's lifestyle by getting outside and participating in new sports, clubs, or activities.
    5. Visit Your Doctor: Take care of past health issues. Pain and injury from the winter or spring season can inhibit one's ability to enjoy summer fun. See your doctor so you can maximize your summer.
    6. Stay in the Shade: Stay in the shade as much as possible to limit exposure to direct sunshine during peak hours, 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun is strongest and UV levels are at their highest.
    7. Take a Personal Vacation: Get away from home and work for a change of pace and surroundings to relax as it is necessary to re-energize and improve one's quality of life.
    8. Disconnect from Electronic Devices: Disconnect from electronic devices such as internet and cell phones and participate in activities that encourage socialization with other people.
    9. Get Plenty of Sleep: Get to bed at a reasonable time and get good quality sleep is necessary for one's mental and physical health, safety, and quality of life.
    10. Avoid Getting Overheated: Stay in cool places such as neighborhood swimming pools, or frequent places that are air conditioned

    Source: Advanced Pain Management

     

  • December 2017: Tuberculosis

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health notified LMU that a student had been diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Active tuberculosis is a contagious infection, curable if treated properly. The student has begun treatment and the Department of Public Health has determined that the student is no longer contagious and has been cleared to return to campus. The university is working closely with the Department of Public Health and is contacting those who may have been exposed.

    LMU and the L.A. Department of Public Health will continue to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please practice good hygiene by covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, frequent handwashing, adequate sleep, and hydration. For further information and resources about tuberculosis, please visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us at (310) 338-2881.

  • November 2017: Flu Shots

    As flu season approaches, it is important that you be prepared. In addition to getting a flu shot, which is highly recommended, here are some other easy precautions to prevent infection:

    1. Get a flu shot

    2. Washing hands often and well

    3. Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer

    4. Covering coughs and sneezes

    5. Keeping one's distance from sick people

     

    Here are some reasons why getting the flu vaccine is highly recommended by the CDC

    • Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
    • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
    • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations

    For more information from the CDC, click: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm 

     

    To book your flu shot, call SHS at 310-338-2881 or book an appointment online through the MyHealth Portal through MyLMU.