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Norovirus Exposure within Campus Community
(Posted 11-12-13) Norovirus has been reported in the OSU community. While the current situation is not being categorized as an outbreak, any possible exposure to norovirus should not be taken lightly. Symptoms usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people the symptoms last about one or two days and require no medical treatment to stop them. Learn more about norovirus, how to prevent it, and how to care for yourself if you become ill.
Pertussis in Oregon: Vaccination Strongly Recommended
(Updated 8-29-13) In 2012 in Oregon, there were 910 cases of pertussis, compared with 328 cases during the same time in 2011. The case ages ranged from 8 days to 90 years; median age was 10 years old. Twenty-five infants were hospitalized; 24 of them were 3 months old or younger. As of July 2013, there have been 314 cases in Oregon.
The best way to protect an infant is to be vaccinated yourself. The state health department is strongly advising that adolescents and adults receive the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization. A Tdap booster can be given anytime regardless of the date of one’s last tetanus booster. OSU students can receive the Tdap vaccine at Student Health Services for a fee. Call 541-737-9355 to make an appointment.
The majority of cases occurred in the Portland Metro area, though there were cases reported throughout the state. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends pregnant women get a Tdap booster vaccination during each and every pregnancy.
For more information about pertussis symptoms, complications, how it spreads, and how it can be prevented, go to studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/pertussis.