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FLUnews

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

enough sleep & get vaccinated!

FLU UPDATE – Dec. 21, 2017. Last flu season was an active one that extended into early May. Although hard to predict, this year could be shaping up to be the same. Connecticut’s flu status was recently elevated from regional to widespread, meaning “outbreaks of influenza (flu) or increases in influenza-like illness (ILI) cases and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza have occurred in at least half the regions of the state.” So batten down the hatches and button up your coats. Check out our tip sheet below on ways to reduce your risk of getting laid up with influenza. And don’t forget your flu shot. While it appears to be true that the current vaccine formulation is only about 10% effective against the H3N2 strain of flu virus, the main circulating virus at this time, it is still worthwhile getting  a shot since there also are other flu virus strains around. It is not too late to get a flu shot especially since the heaviest flu activity in our region is typically in January, February and March. For University faculty and staff, flu shots are provided at no out-of pocket expense through a state-sponsored program. Please check with the Office of Human Resources for details. Student Health Services has only a few remaining doses for students, to be given on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $15. Stay well everyone.

Priority groups for whom vaccination is strongly recommended include:

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 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 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