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FLU SHOT INFORMATION AND INFLUENZA PREVENTION

2018-19 FLU SHOTS (Influenza Vaccinations) and INFLUENZA PREVENTION

It's worth a shot to stay healthy!

Influenza Prevention + Two Extra Walk-in Flu Shot Days at Student Health Services + a Flu Clinic at the WoodPEC

 Dear Emory Student:

Welcome back for the start of the 2019 Spring Semester.  As you are no doubt aware, 2018-19 is proving to have a high level of activity in Georgia.  Generally, influenza hits the Emory campus early in the Spring Semester, and we are already seeing cases.

 

To prevent the spread of influenza, the CDC also recommends the following strategies:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  If you become sick yourself, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu or a flu-like illness (fever, cough and/or sore throat, muscle aches and/or headache), stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer need to use medicine to control your fever. 
  • If you are sick with the flu, and have other health problems (see https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm), seek medical evaluation early.  Anti-viral prescription medications can help reduce the severity of illness for many patients with influenza, especially those at high risk for complications.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

This year the vaccine is a better match and contains the two most commonly tested strains, H1N1 and H3N2.   The CDC still recommends vaccination, even this late in the season, in order to get the best achievable protection. Even in years the vaccine proves to be a poor match, it can still reduce the severity of illness if you catch the flu. Vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu; it cannot give you the flu!

Students can still get flu shots on a walk-in basis Tuesday January 15th and Thursday January 17th from 10 am to 3 pm at our 1525 Clifton Road 2nd floor clinic AND at the WoodPEC on Wednesday January 16th from 1pm-3pm on the second floor.  Flu shots are $30 for students and the injection fee will be waived this week only.  Many insurance companies will reimburse all or part of the vaccine cost and flu shots are covered 100% for students on the Emory University Student Health Insurance Plan (EUSHIP). Your Emory ID and personal insurance card are required for verification at the time of your flu shot. Flu shots are also available at local pharmacies.

The CDC is recommending flu shots for all persons over 6 months of age.  Flu shots are particularly important for individuals with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic illnesses which weaken the immune system, persons over age 65 and for those who care for susceptible children or the elderly. In short, all Emory students should get a flu shot this year!

For answers to frequently asked questions about influenza, flu shots and the vaccine, visit the CDC flu website at www.cdc.gov/flu.

Once again this year, it’s worth a shot to stay healthy and prevent the flu!

 

Yours in health,

 

Sharon Rabinovitz, MD

Interim Executive Director

Emory University Student Health Services

Revised: 1/15/2019