The flu is spreading, free vaccination available

Health Services
The Center for Health & Well-being
Brenau University
January 2013 

Cases of the flu continue to increase in the U.S. and according to the CDC most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI).  Reported cases are nearing numbers considered peak levels during moderately severe seasons.  Flu-related severe illness and hospitalizations are being seen across the nation.

Flu is believed to be spread by droplets of saliva produced when flu carriers cough, sneeze or talk.  Individuals can contract the flu virus from droplets landing in the mouth or nose, by touching a surface carrying the virus and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

A person with flu can be contagious even before they are aware of being sick, with the virus communicable a day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after their onset. The character of flu is unpredictable and can vary from one season to the next, presenting different dormancy periods and symptoms.

How can you avoid getting the flu? Wash your hands often.  If you are already experiencing symptoms cover your mouth with tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

 Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

If you are experiencing any of the the symptoms listed above please consider:

  • Seeking evaluation/medical care from your local healthcare provider or Health Services at 205 Boulevard Avenue, phone number 770-534-6135.
  • Don’t go to class/work.  Stay away from others until you no longer have symptoms.

The good news: Brenau University employees with our Medical Mutual Insurance can get the vaccination FREE at CVS Minute Clinics and Walgreens Take-Care Clinics.  It’s important to note, however, that the offer is only valid at the clinics, not the regular stores.

The CDC is recommending, anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now.  Contact your local health care provider to find out about vaccine availability. The Hall County Health Department has a limited supply which you can check by calling 770-531-5600. Many local drug stores also off the flu vaccine.