Dear Members of the Florida State Community,
University Health Services (UHS) has seen an increase in the number of patients who are presenting with influenza (flu) over the past two weeks. It is important to know that people who have the flu are highly contagious and can spread it to others.
Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body ache, headaches, chills and fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.
Ways to prevent the spread of flu include covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated using an approved product. If you have a fever, it is important to limit your contact with others until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications.
Please click on the link from the CDC below for additional information concerning the flu and ways you can help prevent it.
Students who are currently ill, and would like to be evaluated by a health care provider, please call University Health Services at 644-4567 to schedule an appointment.
Students can receive a flu shot at UHS. Faculty and staff can receive the vaccine from their individual physician offices or pharmacies.
Yearly flu shots (early October to mid December) are recommended for everyone, but are especially indicated for anyone with asthma, chronic heart or lung disease, diabetes, or other health problems that compromise the ability to fight infections. University Health Services provides influenza vaccines, often free to students as budget permits, but supplies are limited.
Flu Vaccines – Each fall we offer a free flu vaccine to students in order to protect them against influenza.
Why get vaccinated? – Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads every winter, usually between October and May. It is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its complications. The vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person. UHS gives an injectable flu vaccine, which is either a “inactivated” or recombinant” vaccine. These vaccines do not contain any live influenza virus. It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection last several months to a year.
Cold vs. Flu
A cold and the flu (influenza) are two different illnesses. Download the Cold vs. Flu flyer today to make sure you know the difference.
How do I get the Flu Vaccine?
Flu shots are available to FSU students at no cost. Be sure to bring your FSU Card and insurance card. If you are unable to attend one of the events listed below, please call (850) 644-4567 to schedule an appointment.
|Wed., Sept. 11||1pm - 3:30pm||UHS|
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|Wed., Oct. 2
Competition vs. UF, UCF, & USF
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|Fri., Oct. 4||11am - 1pm||Campus Rec/Leach|
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|Thurs., Oct. 10||1pm - 3pm||College of Law|
|Fri., Oct. 11||10:30am - 12:30pm||CARE|
|Mon., Oct. 14||9am - 11am||Mag Lab|
|Wed., Oct. 16
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|Fri., Oct. 18||5pm - 6:30pm||The Globe|
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