Flu Season Information
We have the 2013-2014 Flu Vaccine in stock and the first clinic was held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (261 flu shots were given). There is a clinic being held on Wednesday, 10/30/13 at the Payne/Halverson Lobby by the Marketplace from 11a-1p and Thursday, Oct 31st in the Peter White Lounge-UC. We encourage coming to a clinic but the vaccine will be available at the health center if unable to make it to a clinic, we understand the 11a-1p doesn't work for everyone. This year, winter not only means cold season, but influenza as well. Let's work together to try to keep the NMU campus as healthy as possible. The last flu season reached epidemic levels and had caused serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths. There are some very easy things we can all do to keep campus less vulnerable to severe cold and flu outbreaks.
Common symptoms of seasonal influenza are high fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, body ache, fatigue, runny nose, and occasional intestinal complaints. . Most people who become ill will suffer mild to moderate symptoms for several days and recover fully in about a week. Most that become ill will not need to see a physician. However, if you become ill and have questions about whether you should see a physician, contact the Health Center at 906-227-2355.
To help keep the NMU community as healthy as possible this winter, please do the following:
- Wash your hands often. Use hot water and soap or a hand sanitizer. While washing them, rub your hands vigorously for a minute or two.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill, especially those who are sneezing and coughing. When out in public, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as your hands may have been in contact with surfaces contaminated with a flu virus.
- Take care of yourself by eating well, drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of sleep to help keep your immune system strong.
- When you sneeze, do so into your elbow. Sneezing into your hand or a tissue is better than sneezing without any deterrent, but these methods put flu virus on your hands that can then be transferred wherever your hand goes.
- If you are running a fever above 100 degrees, please stay home or in your residence hall room. Isolate yourself to the extent you can until your fever has been gone for 24 hours. If you live in a residence hall, contact your RA for assistance. Meals can be delivered to your room when you are sick.
- Treat fever and aches with Tylenol or Ibuprofen, not with aspirin.
- There is an antiviral medicine that can help (Tamiflu) but it must be prescribed within 48 hours of onset of flu.
- When missing class/work due to illness, e-mail or phone your instructors and/or supervisors to explain your absence.
- Get a flu vaccination. The vaccine protection against the actual circulating viruses is very good this year.
- You may obtain flu shots at the Health Center on a walk-in basis from 9a-11 a.m. and from 1:15-4 p.m. each weekday. The charge for a flu immunization this year is $25.00 for students, faculty and staff. The University Insurance covers the vaccine, if you have commercial insurance, please check if the vaccine is a covered benefit on your plan (Code for the vaccine is 90658) the vaccine is safe and in no way can “give you the flu”. It takes 10-14 days for the immunity to develop, so you should get the vaccine as soon as possible and use the precautions listed above.
We have the 2013-2014 Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for review and paper copies are available at the Health Center, please feel free to ask clinic staff if you have any questions. The consent form may be found here , you may complete and bring to the clinic, or Health Center, or this can be done electronically when at the Health Center. For more information about seasonal influenza, go to www.cdc.gov/flu