Student Health Service and the Wellness Center are offering three on-campus flu clinics to help the St. Thomas campus stay healthy this flu season.
Clinics are scheduled:
St. Paul campus
The cost is $20 for students, faculty and staff. Cash or checks are accepted. Students can charge their student accounts.
For more information about the clinic e-mail the Wellness Center.
Influenza is a serious respiratory disease that is spread primarily through coughing and sneezing. Approximately 36,000 Americans die of influenza-related illness each year. Even for those who are normally healthy, influenza can cause high fever, cough, body aches, headaches and other symptoms that may last a week or more resulting in missed classes, assignments, exams or workdays.
In addition, college students can spread influenza in the community and expose their own family members, some of whom may be at risk of complications, such as the elderly or very young. Vaccination of college students and staff is the best way to prevent influenza on college campuses and their surrounding communities.
The Center for Disease Control and the American College Health Association released a joint letter last month encouraging influenza vaccination for all students who live in residential housing and for students and their close contacts (e.g., roommates, family members) who have medical conditions that may increase their risk of influenza-related conditions. Students and staff planning to study abroad also would benefit from influenza vaccination.
The measures below can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses such as influenza: