UMass Boston

General Medicine
All departmental services are located in the Quinn Administration Building, 2nd floor.
Phone: 617-287-5660
Fax: 617-287-3977
Counseling Center

24/7 Crisis Phone Support
855.634.4135

Phone: 617.287.5690
Fax: 617.287.5507
Health & Wellness

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COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMass Boston has instituted many policies and procedures to maintain the safety of our campus. This situation continues to evolve and UMass Boston will provide updates to the community on the COVID-19 Campus Update page

Seasonal Influenza

Seasonal influenza (“flu”) is a very contagious viral disease that attacks the respiratory tract, including the nose, throat, and lungs. It spreads from an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or if there is contact with the infected person’s respiratory secretions.

The flu is different from a cold and often includes high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Vomiting, diarrhea, and/or “upset stomach” are not symptoms of seasonal influenza. Influenza can last several days and it can make you feel pretty miserable! The peak influenza season usually occurs January-February but flu season can start as early as October and last through May: therefore, there is plenty of time to get the vaccine.

Choices Regarding Pregnancy

50% of pregnancies are unplanned. If you have a uterus and ovaries and are having sex with someone with a penis, you are at risk of getting pregnant. Pregnancy is a personal and private matter and you may want to keep it that way. If so, we offer information regarding how to keep research private, services on- and off-campus, ways to prevent pregnancy, options for decision-making, and resources.

Climate Effects on Health

Simply stated, climate change and global warming can affect your health. Respiratory diseases, food shortages, water insufficiency, insect-borne infections, and heat-related deaths are and will be on the rise.

UHS is committed to improving health literacy as it relates to climate change. Below you can find relevant articles and actions that you can take to work toward mitigating the damage being done to our planet, as well as ways you can stay healthy.  

Climate Change Resource Guide

About Climate Change

Staying Healthy Through Climate Change

Food Safety

Each year, millions of Americans experience -- and thousands die -- from foodborne illnesses. Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is essential for sustaining life and promoting good health. Food safety is important for us all - and detecting, managing, and preventing the spread of foodborne illnesses is important.

Food Safety Resource Guide

Gambling & Sports Betting

Gambling is common to almost every culture and many people enjoy it as a fun social activity -- but for many, it can become an addiction. 

Problem gambling, or gambling addiction, includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Problem gambling has the highest rates of suicide of any addictive disorder - with 1 in 5 problem gamblers attempting suicide. 

Gambling Resource Guide

About Gambling Addictions

Resources 

The UHS Counseling Center offers mental health support for all students at UMass Boston. Please call 617-287-5690 for 24/7 non-emergency assistance.

Community Services & Centers

Below are gambling treatment services that are contracted by the Department of Public Health's Office of Problem Gambling Services, in collaboration with DPH's Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. At all sites, problem gambling treatment is available regardless of insurance coverage and translation services are available upon request: Outpatient Gambling Services

Community Resources

Measles

As of March 21, 2024, a total of 64 measles cases were reported by 17 states. There have been no reported measles yet in Massachusetts. Simply being in the same room with someone with measles is sufficient to become infected. The virus can linger in the air for up to 2 hours. If you are in a store, classroom, plane, or bus where someone with measles has been, you can contract it. 

Measles Vaccination

Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella

The measles vaccine is a two-dose series vaccine given one month apart. Side effects from the measles vaccine are rare, usually transient, and not serious. The disease itself, however, can have very serious consequences, including rare neurological infections and death. In rare cases, serious conditions can emerge years later.

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Mpox

Mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) is a viral disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Mpox is rarely fatal and its symptoms are similar to smallpox, but milder. 

Party Drugs

Although alcohol remains the most frequently used drug in college settings, several other drugs are used to intensify social experiences. Party drugs are created synthetically in labs, and one reason these drugs can have unexpected side effects during use is due to substitutions or contamination during formulation. You can learn more about relevant drugs and how to protect yourself. 

General Medicine
All departmental services are located in the Quinn Administration Building, 2nd floor.
Phone: 617-287-5660
Fax: 617-287-3977
Counseling Center

24/7 Crisis Phone Support
855.634.4135

Phone: 617.287.5690
Fax: 617.287.5507
Health & Wellness