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Staying Healthy

This section will include timely and pertinent health-related information to keep you well informed and updated on current health related issues.

Vaccinations
A hold cannot be removed until all documentation is received.

New York State Law 2165 requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957 to demonstrate proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella. Students must submit documentation from their physicians or former school health officials stating that they have had the necessary vaccinations, or copies of lab work (titers), demonstrating immunity from these diseases. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination is available at the University Health Services. The UHS does not accept insurance.  If you will like to receive reimbursement from your insurance company you will be able to obtain a receipt after your visit.

New York State Law 2167 requires that all students either received a meningitis ACWY vaccine within the past 5 years, or a complete series of Meningitis B vaccine, or sign a waiver response form.  The  waiver response form indicates they were educated regarding meningitis and the meningitis vaccinations and either will get the vaccines or decline the vaccines. The meningitis vaccines are available at the University Health Services. You can download the waiver at our website Fordham.edu/health.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Facts
Every person on campus should follow:

  • Good housekeeping practices by separating personal clothing from others.
  • Cleaning surfaces between users.
  • Properly disposing of blood and body fluid soiled material.
  • Wash hand and exposed areas of the body frequently using hot (not scolding) water and antibacterial soap and/or alcohol base hand cleaners.
  • Cover all wounds properly, and if necessary, exclude oneself from physical contact or behavior that may place others at risk.
  • Do not share personal items such as bar soap, towels, sheets and/or sports equipment that has not been properly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Utilize cleaning materials that are recommended for the type or bacteria/viruses that present the risk.
  • Seek the assistance and expertise of Fordham University Student Health Services in O'Hare Hall 718-817-4160 whenever you identify a potential area of concern.

Download more information from CDC.gov.

Viral Meningitis Facts
Fordham University is committed to providing the Campus and community with an environment that minimizes the risk of illness or injury and has adopted the following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health. The most effective policies and procedures to prevent the spread of any contagious disease, including MRSA is to focus on:

  • Personal health
  • Good hygiene
  • Proper enforcement

Flu (Influenza) Facts: Is it a cold or is it the flu?

Many illnesses begin with influenza (flu)-like symptoms, which include fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. And most are not caused by flu . Because these symptoms can be caused by many diseases, it can be difficult to tell what caused you to become sick. Your best protection against the flu is an annual flu shot. You should especially get this protection if you are 65 years old or older, or have certain medical conditions that put you at high risk of flu-related complications. The flu shot can prevent illness caused by influenza but cannot prevent flu-like illness caused by other diseases.

Weight Management: Did you know that the Health Center has a Nutritionist on staff?

Consultations can be scheduled by appointment. The Nutritionist can address topics such as eating disorders as well as helping you make the healthy choices when venturing on your diet.

Call 718-817-4160 for more information.

Smoking Cessation: Did you know that there are many options available today to help you stop smoking?

These options include newly approved medications as well as non-medication based therapies. Visit or call the Health Center for more information.