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Flu Update


WKU COMMUNITY:

Because many symptoms of influenza and COVID-19 overlap, coupled with concerns over individuals simultaneously fighting both illnesses, WKU strongly encourages our faculty, staff and students to take the precautionary measure of getting a flu shot this year.

Now, we have made it even easier for you.

In partnership with Graves Gilbert Clinic, WKU will offer influenza vaccinations for faculty, staff, students and their family members who are 18 years of age or older (pediatrician consultation is recommended for patients under 18). Additionally, for employees and spouses/partners who participate in the WKU Health Plan, an influenza vaccination is a rewardable wellness activity. While most insurance plans include coverage for influenza vaccines, for students or part-time employees not covered by insurance, the immunizations will be provided at no charge. Please bring your WKU ID and insurance card to the immunization site of your choice. Please read the "flu shots" section below for available times and locations.

 

Flu Shots

While most insurance plans include coverage for influenza vaccines, for students or part-time employees not covered by insurance, the immunizations will be provided at no charge. Please bring your WKU ID and insurance card to the immunization site of your choice.

 

Drive-through immunizations are available until October 31st at either the GGC main location at 201 Park Street or at the Family Care Center located at 2724 Nashville Road Monday–Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

 

Walk-in immunizations are available at the WKU GGC Clinic during normal operating hours Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am - 6:00 am and Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm or at the Nashville Road location 7 days/week from 7:30 am - 7:30 pm.

 

In addition, WKU has worked to offer walk-up immunizations on the following days and locations:

 

  • Tuesday, October 27; near Centennial Mall; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

  • Wednesday, October 28; Potter College Fall Festival near Cherry Hall; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

  • Thursday, October 29; near the Hardin Planetarium; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Thank you again for ensuring we continue to keep COVID-19 case numbers low on our campus.

Flu Prevention

  • GET the flu vaccine.  The state of Kentucky recommends getting the flu vaccine beginning in late September.  The flu shot is a dead virus, it will not make you sick. While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, a flu vaccine is the best way to help prevent seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications.  People who get the flu despite having received the flu vaccine, have significantly milder symptoms.
  • Clean/wash your hands with soap and hand sanitizer regularly!
  • Cover your cough.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits.
  • Clean and santize workspaces.

Common Symptoms of the Flu:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

What to do if you get sick:

  • Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
  • If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high-risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).
  • Certain people are at high risk of serious (including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions). This is true both for seasonal flu and novel flu virus infections.
  • If you are in a high-risk group and develop flu symptoms, it is best for you to contact your doctor early in your illness. Remind them about your high-risk status for flu. CDC recommends that people at high risk for complications should get antiviral treatment as early as possible, because benefit is greatest if treatment is started within 2 days after illness onset.

 

For additional information you may review the following link:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

 

We encourage you to support students, faculty and staff who are sick to not attend class to help minimize the spread of flu. Please don’t hesitate to contact GGC@WKU for any questions/concerns that you may have.

 

Respectfully,

 

Zaiba A. Moledina, MHA| Physician Practice Coordinator

WKU Health Services & Family Medicine (Main)

1681 Normal Drive

Bowling Green, KY  42101

Phone: 270-467-8880 Ext: 4529

Email:  moledinaz@ggclinic.com

 

Steve Rey

Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness

Administrator, Student Health Insurance Plan

Western Kentucky University

Preston Health & Activities Center

1906 College Heights Blvd. #11097

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1097

Phone:  270-745-6060

Email:  steve.rey@wku.edu

Website:  http://www.wku.edu/crw

 

 

 


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 Last Modified 10/19/20