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Flu Vaccines Available
January 8, 2018

Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious. Everyone 6 months and older (that's YOU!) should get a flu vaccine. This season, protect yourself- and those around you - by getting a flu vaccine.

 Did you know? That anyone even young, healthy adults can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. Buzz buzz (text message: You coming out tonight? I can't I have the flu. My niece and girlfriend have it now too.) The short time it will take you to get a flu vaccine. Can help protect you and the ones you love. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. #GetAFluVax

WALK IN: Flu vaccines are now available without an appointment for faculty, staff and students at Campus Health Services, Student Stores Pharmacy (3rd floor of Student Stores) and Campus Health Pharmacy (basement of campus health) for students, faculty and staff during open hours (M-F 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at both pharmacies and Sat 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Student Stores Pharmacy only). Bring your insurance card. Please note that medicare plans are not accepted. 

BY APPOINTMENT: Campus Health Services Immunization Clinic will offer flu shots for students by appointment starting the end of September. To schedule an appointment, call 919-966-2281 and press menu option 2. 

Bring your insurance card. Most insurance plans cover the flu vaccine in full. Without insurance or for plans that do not provide coverage, the cost of a flu vaccine is $32.

Additional seasonal influenza walk-in clinics for students are offered at various locations on campus.  For specific campus locations and more information visit, http://flu.unc.edu/.'

Take actions to reduce the spread of germs:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve not your hands if you don’t have a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available. 
  • Stay healthy by getting adequate sleep, eating nutrient-dense foods, moving your body in ways you enjoy, and making water your beverage of choice.

If you do become ill

Protect others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in a wastebasket. Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve not your hands if you don’t have a tissue. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available. 

Feel better faster. Designate a flu buddy to assist you with getting food from dining halls if you live on campus. Stay hydrated. Have on hand items like Tylenol/Advil/Aleve (avoid Aspirin), thermometer, microwaveable soup, sport drinks, water, crackers, fruit, peanut butter or non-perishable lunch packs. Purchase a cold-care kit from the Healthy Heels Shoppe at Campus Health or Student Stores Pharmacy. 

Self-isolate if you are sick with flu-like symptoms (fever over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion) until your fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medications for a period of at least 24 hours. Do not go to class. Let your professor know you’re ill and ask about missed content and assignments. Get class notes from friends. Call Campus Health at 919.966.2281 if you have any questions, concerns or would like to make an appointment to be seen. If Campus Health is closed when you call, the line will connect you with a nurse who can contact a Campus Health physician if needed.

Seek medical care immediately if you have difficulty breathing or chest pain, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing or absence of urination, seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions) or if you are vomiting and cannot keep liquids down.

For additional resources, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ and http://www.flu.gov/