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Zika and Retirement

Planning to travel over Spring Break? Planning to Retire? Read this!

Zika information from Millersville University Health Services

Spring break is quickly approaching and members of the campus community may be traveling to areas affected by Zika.  As you may have heard the Zika virus has been reported in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.  Pennsylvania currently has four confirmed travel related cases.  We are sharing this information not to cause fear, but to provide you with information to keep yourself safe.

It is thought that Zika is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.  The best way to prevent you from becoming infected is avoiding mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with Zika outbreaks the CDC recommends the following:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquitos.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items. Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin.

Zika may also be spread sexually from an infected male to his partners.  The best way to prevent sexual transmission is through abstinence or strict condom use for all sexual encounters.

Millersville University Health Services is monitoring the information on Zika, and will share this information as updates become available.

For more information on Zika please visit Health Services website or go to




Wednesday, March 30 from 12:00 to 1:00: (for AFSCME Employees Only) Ms. Diane Allen from the PEBTF will present on the Retired Employees’ Health Plan. Location: SMC 18

 Wednesday, April 6 from 12:00 to 1:00: (for Faculty, Coaches, Managers, Nurses, Police and SCUPA Employees Only) Ms. Lisa Olander from the Office of Human Resources will present on the PASSHE Annuitant Health Care Plan.  Location: SMC 18



Tuesday, March 29 from 12:00 to 1:30: Ms. Diana Morse from Empower Retirement will give you an overview of the Deferred Compensation Program and will discuss the leave payout deferral option for retirees.  Location: SMC Room 18



Wednesday, April 13 (two times are available): 10:00am to 11:00am or 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Mr. George Spock from the State Employees’ Retirement System will talk about your SERS retirement benefits.  Location: Stayer MPR



Thursday, March 31 from 12:00 to 1:00: Zachary G. Hogentogler with PSECU Financial Services will present an educational workshop titled Retirement Planning- Approaching the Unknown. This workshop includes topics such as: Are you prepared for retirement? Will you be able to live the retirement lifestyle you wish to lead? It will also address pension options and how to determine which option may be best for your circumstances. Discussion will include calculating income needs in retirement, along with other helpful planning tips.

Location: SMC Room 18


Please RSVP by contacting the Office of Human Resources at extension 4950 or

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