Flu Outreach Program
Influenza viruses circulate year-round, and flu outbreaks can occur at anytime during a season or throughout the year. CDC recommends flu vaccination to prevent influenza. The Flu vaccine is available at Student Health Services.
The seasonal flu vaccine is available now at SHS. Students may walk-in without an appointment to receive the vaccine. In an effort to reach as many students as possible, SHS is also conducting a Flu Outreach program for students at the Commons (Building 22) on Sept. 27, 2018, and Nov. 5, 2018, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (dates subject to change based on the availability of the vaccine). The off-site clinic is located adjacent to the auditorium. Students will need their student ID number to participate. No payment is necessary at the time of receipt as the cost of the vaccine ($20) will be added to the individual student's account.
How to Prevent Flu
Take time to get a flu vaccine
- CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important step in preventing influenza infection.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Stop the spread of germs
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
- If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
- Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
- Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Reasons to get a flu vaccine
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- Flu vaccine protects you and your family.
- Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
- Other reasons why you should get a flu vaccine.
Learn more: CDC Weekly Influenza Report