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Flu Update


WKU COMMUNITY:

As winter weather and colder temperatures arrive on campus, it is time to make sure that we help minimize the spread of Flu on our campus. Influenza vaccine is available at WKU Health Services, and you may obtain the vaccine by either scheduling an appointment or walking in to the on-campus clinic.

 

The flu shot is covered 100% by all insurance companies.  Should you not have any insurance coverage, you may still receive the flu shot at a cost of $47.

 

Below are some helpful hints to take into consideration as we approach the flu season:

 

Flu Prevention

  • GET the flu vaccine!  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/protect-your-health.html
  • People who get the flu vaccine may still get one of the strands and get sick, but they have significantly milder symptoms.
  • Clean/wash your hands with soap and hand sanitizer regularly!
  • Wear a Mask
  • 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 sanitize 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 a high-risk of serious infection  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/highrisk/index.htm (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 (i.e. Tamiflu®) treatment as early as possible, beacuase benefit is greatest if treatment is started within 2 days after the 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 2/3/21