Wash your hands, cover your cough, get enough sleep & get vaccinated!
FLU ACTIVITY UPDATE -- December 19, 2013: Unlike 2012, when we had a small but significant outbreak of the flu on Eastern's campus around Thanksgiving, this fall has passed with no measurable flu activity at the University or in the Windham area. Hold on to your hankies, however, because influenza testing at Windham Hospital, and elsewhere in the state, is just now showing a small increase in the number of cases. That's not surprising given that, in most years, flu tends to peak over late January, all of February and early March here in the Northeast. So this is no time to let down your guard; get plenty of sleep, reduce your stress and eat well. If you develop fever with cough, bad body aches and/or sore throat, stay home, stay out of classes and, if need be, see your health care provider.
FLU SHOTS -- While many people have already received their flu shots, the normally late flu season in our area means there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated and get protected. This year, in addition to the standard three-strain vaccine, a new vaccine containing four different strains of the influenza virus is available in some places. Both are very effective at lowering your risk of contracting the flu so either one is fine. A reminder to state employees that flu shots are available, at no cost, through CareMark/CVS. For those not covered by this program, the Student Health Service still has flu shots in stock and available. The cost is $15, half the local retail price. No appointment is necessary.
Priority groups for whom vaccination is strongly recommended include: