Flu Season

2019/2020 Flu Vaccine has arrived, you can come in from 9a-11a or 2p-4p Monday through Friday. We had some campus flu clinics, 140 flu shots given at Employee Benefits Fair, 193 flu shots  given at the Jamrich location, 103 given at the Hedgcock location and 94 given at the Harden Hall location. We can provide you with your immunization information if you have had your immunizations in Michigan as we participate with Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR).  If you have your immunization information from another state, feel free to bring to the Health Center and we can file in your chart.

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, contact the Health Center at 906-227-2355, to make an appointment.

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 2-4 p.m. each weekday.  The charge for a flu immunization this year is $30.00 for students, faculty and staff if no insurance. 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.  If you develop typical symptoms of fever, cough, aching, etc., we can prescribe an anti-viral medicine if within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.  Many insurance plans cover the medication, but if you do not have insurance, please be advised that the medication does cost  approx. $125.00.  If you suspect you have the flu, we have a test by nasal swab that can be done in approximately 10-15 minutes (Covered by some insurance plans, but $30.00 without) and we would be able to prescribe the medicine if positive, without a scheduled visit.

The 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.  For more information about seasonal influenza, go to www.cdc.gov/flu