HU Offers Students Free Seasonal and Swine Flu Vaccines
The University Health Center has seen a few cases of influenza like illness. These students have been isolated in order to prevent the transmission to the campus community. If you develop flu-like symptoms – fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, fatigue and body aches – please contact the University Health Center at 727-5315. Students with underlying health conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart disease) should contact their healthcare provider if they become ill with fever and flu-like symptoms, since the flu may be more severe in these individuals.
Hampton University will be offering the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to its students, faculty and staff. The university is partnering with the Hampton Health Department in the effort.
The seasonal flu vaccine is being offered Oct. 8 and 9. The H1N1 vaccine, which must be administered in two doses given three weeks apart, is being offered Oct. 27 and 30 for the first dose and Nov. 17 and 19 for the second dose. The vaccinations will be offered from noon – 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
Among other key populations, people with asthma, diabetes and those who are smokers or obese are at greater risk of contracting H1N1, said Darylnet Lyttle, director of the HU Student Health Center.
Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, new and continuing students are being sent emails and letters encouraging vaccination. In addition, HU has installed hand sanitizers in student common areas, an emergency alert is posted on the university home page, and the campus’ monthly publications and radio station will broadcast information about protection against swine flu.
“Communication and preparation are essential,” said HU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Barbara Inman. “Although we hope Hampton University is not impacted by this virus, it is better to be proactive than reactive.”
Symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The CDC recommends the following tips to prevent H1N1 spread and contamination, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Students and faculty can contact the HU Health Center at (757) 727-5315 for more information.