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FLU SHOT INFORMATION AND INFLUENZA PREVENTION

2017-18 FLU SHOTS (Influenza Vaccinations) and INFLUENZA PREVENTION

It's worth a shot to stay healthy!

Our 2017-2018 Flu Shot Campaign has concluded. You may still be able to get a flu shot at the Student Health Services during your regularly scheduled office visit while the supply lasts.

For more information about influenza, please read below:

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

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • 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 without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, seek medical evaluation early.  Anti-viral medications can help reduce the severity of illness for many patients with influenza if started early enough.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, 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.

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.  For more information about influenza vaccinations and prevention, please visit the Student Health Service website.

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

Revised: 12/27/2017