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As you are most likely aware, the peak of flu season is in full force and will continue for at least several more weeks. Flu activity continues to be widespread across the nation and has now been identified within the campus community. As we embark on the spring semester, we understand the campus concern regarding the possibility of the spread of flu. It’s important for students, faculty, staff, and family members to remember to take precautions such as frequent hand-washing and avoiding contact with sick individuals.
The very best method of prevention is immunization! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that ALL persons 6 months of age and older be vaccinated for the flu annually. As part of our mission to promote health and wellness, we have collaborated with ShopRite Pharmacy and our SCSU Wellness Department to host a number of vaccination clinics on campus. Go to southernct.edu/wellness-center/services.html for more information about the on-campus vaccination clinics. If your student is unable to get to this event, the American Lung Association offers a great “Find a Flu Shot” tool which helps identify locations near you that have influenza immunizations available.
While flu vaccines do not always prevent infection, it can reduce the overall length of illness and minimize discomfort. In addition, it offers protection to those most at risk for complications including hospitalization and even death. Here are some myths and facts about flu vaccination:
Student Health Services is prepared to support students by diagnosing and treating the flu as well as other common illnesses. We follow the CDC standards for diagnosing and managing influenza and have made it our mission to educate students about testing and self-care. Our hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by accessing the Medicat Patient Scheduling Portal @ www.southernct.edu/health-services/
The Staff @ Student Health Services
CDC Influenza Misconceptions. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm
CDC Influenza. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm