October 23, 2019

The Student Health Center has received an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping. Cases have been reported in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

As of October 15, 2019, 1,479* lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products have been reported to CDC from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and 1 U.S. territory. Thirty-three deaths have been confirmed in 24 states.

Symptoms may develop over days, but can potentially appear several weeks after e-cigarette use, including:

  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or chest pain.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Tiredness, fever or weight loss.

The CDC recommends to refrain from using e-cigarette products. If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms and seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.

The Student Health Center, located on the ground floor of Quirk Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note, the Student Health Center is not open on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. After hours, please refer to the local resources page for information regarding local urgent care centers and Lankenau Hospital Emergency Room. Public Safety (610-660-1111) can assist with transportation, if needed.

Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms are encouraged to contact their personal healthcare provider.

If you have any questions or concerns please email health@sju.edu or call the Student Health Center at 610-660-1175 during normal business hours.