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Rabies: Disease in the shadows recognized Sunday
September 25, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News 

dogPULLMAN, WASH. – It is a disease spread by a virus that strikes mostly in faraway places. Without quick treatment, an infection delivers agonizing symptoms leading to death.

Through Oct. 4: Flu vaccine outreaches held at the CUB
October 1, 2013

Vaccination-80pPULLMAN, Wash. – Health & Wellness Services will provide flu vaccines to students, faculty/staff and members of the WSU community at outreaches scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 4, at the CUB. The vaccine will not be given to those who are pregnant or under age 18.

Vaccine could help control reproduction in livestock, pets
March 30, 2007

Stepping through the doors into Clark Annex, you get the sense of a well-run farming operation. The dark green and aluminum interior comes complete with a grain bin rising through the ceiling. Jerry Reeves – one of eight research scientists housed here – spends his days appropriately studying ways to improve the ranching industry. Though primarily focused on cattle, his findings may benefit the lives of people and animals worldwide.Reeves, professor and Baxter endowed chair in the Department of Animal Sciences, is also an associate in the Center for Reproductive Biology. After nearly 20 years of dedicated team effort, he has recently finalized a vaccine … » More …

More than 50 cases of the flu diagnosed last week
February 9, 2007

Health and Wellness has diagnosed more than 50 cases of influenza throughout the week, and there are likely many more cases out there, said Dr. Bruce Wright, director of Health and Wellness Services.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe sickness. “We have been very busy the last three weeks treating people with flu-like symptoms,” Wright said.Flu symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose and sore throat, Wright said. This seems to be an increase in influenza from previous years, Wright said.The main … » More …

Flu season requires added health precautions
November 14, 2005

The flu season has arrived, and with it comes some precautions to keep local residents flu-free.Dr. Timothy Moody, Whitman County health officer, said there is a flu vaccine available, although vaccine deliveries are arriving to the Palouse slowly. Moody suggests checking with health care providers, WSU Health and Wellness Center, or the Whitman County Health Department for more information on vaccine availability.Moody also had some suggestions to help residents prevent the spread of the flu. Some of these suggestions include:*When coughing or sneezing, always covering the mouth and nose with a tissue*Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or carry disinfectant wipes with you*Avoid … » More …

Vet Med lands $1.8M grant from Wellcome Trust
May 17, 2005

PULLMAN — Disease researchers in Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded more than $1.8 million from the Wellcome Trust.The funding will be used to continue vaccine development for animal diseases that severely limit health, nutrition and economic growth in poorer countries. The Wellcome Trust is the world’s second largest non-governmental supporter of biomedical research.  Professor Guy Palmer, based in the WSU veterinary college’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, is the $1,805,004 grant’s principal investigator.“We’re of course very grateful to receive this grant support,” said Palmer, who is currently on sabbatical leave in Spain. “To me, this is proof WSU is … » More …

Vaccine not available on campus
October 8, 2004

Due to the national flu vaccine shortage, WSU Health and Wellness Services has no flu vaccine available.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended available influenza vaccinations be administered to priority groups only.  Priority or high-risk groups include children under two years old, adults over 65 years, anyone with underlying chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, children on chronic aspirin therapy; residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, anyone who is in regular contact with children under 6 months old and health-care workers involved in direct patient care.Anyone not included in a priority group is asked to not get vaccinated or to wait until priority … » More …

At-risk students vaccinated
August 23, 2002

More than 1,340 fall semester students have been vaccinated in the past several weeks as part of a new annual campaign to prevent or limit future outbreaks of meningitis at Washington State University. The information and vaccination campaign, launched early this summer by WSU’s Health and Wellness Services, hopes to attract as many as 4,000 participants, said Dr. Bruce Wright, director of Health and Wellness Services.This effort was precipitated last spring when three WSU students came down with the disease in approximately two months. Due to the alertness and quick response of medical staff at Pullman Memorial Hospital and Health and Wellness Services, the students … » More …

Meningococcal vaccine urged; helpline, Web sites available
May 16, 2002

A Washington State University student was diagnosed on Sunday with meningococcemia, a bacterial infection of the blood that is caused by the same organism as meningococcal meningitis.The student, a 19-year-old male freshman member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, was admitted to Stevens Memorial Hospital in Edmonds with rash, joint pains and swelling of the hands and feet. He is being treated with intravenous antibiotics and is in stable condition.Health officials from WSU and the Whitman County Public Health Department are calling close contacts of the student and administering antibiotics to those individuals as a precaution. Those who have come in close contact with someone diagnosed … » More …