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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 – May 26, 2016 Flu season is officially over. With the warm weather, however, comes other health threats, including insect bites from  ticks which can transmit several serious infectious diseases; among them Lyme disease, Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis. Likewise, mosquito-borne infections like West Nile Virus are a concern as well. Take precautions when outdoors–use insect repellent, i.e. DEET, citronella; cover your skin as much as possible (long pants, long sleeve shirts), and check your body carefully for ticks after being outdoors.  Minimize sun exposure and reduce skin damage and risk of skin cancer by covering your skin, wearing a hat and using sunblock. All that being said, enjoy the summer. See you in the fall.

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