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FLUnews

Take ‘U’ out of the Flu
Wash your hands, cover your cough, get

enough sleep & get vaccinated!

FLU ACTIVITY UPDATE – January 7,2016  The 2015-16 flu season has gotten off to a slow start with very few cases of flu being seen to date in Eastern Connecticut. However, flu season usually is slow to begin in these parts. Most flu cases usually occur in February and March so all the more reason to get yourself a flu shot now. It can reduce your risk of getting the flu, or if you get the flu, it can reduce the severity of the illness. Flu shots have been and continue to be available at the Student Health Office. Similar to last year, a vaccine containing four different strains of the influenza virus is available in some places in addition to the standard three-strain vaccine that we offer here.  Both are usually effective at lowering your risk of contracting the flu so either one is fine.  A reminder to state employees that flu shots should be available, at no out-of-pocket cost, through CareMark/CVS or another state-sponsored program. For those not eligible for this benefit, the cost of a flu shot at Eastern’s Health Service is $15, much less than the local retail price. No appointment is necessary.

Priority groups for whom vaccination is strongly recommended include:

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionrecommend that ALL persons 6 months of age and older be vaccinated for the flu annually

  • If or when the Student Health Service is out of seasonal flu shots, some may be still available in the community:

Check the American Lung Association “find a flu shot” site

  • Fluzone High Dose

A new, more potent flu shot for those over 65. Check with your own health care provider for availability. Not offered at Eastern. For more info,

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_fluzone.htm.

  • Think you have the flu

Check out our newest flu page for a self assessment

Tip sheet: Reduce your risk of getting the flu

Tip sheet: What to do if you have symptoms of flu

Updated 1/9/2014