2013-2014 Flu Vaccinations

Stop by for your flu shot!

$10* flu shots at Thomson Student Health Center
Thomson Student Health Center will begin offer students, faculty and staff flu shots October 2013.

Flu Vaccine Availability
Students, faculty and staff can get the flu vaccine at the Thomson Student Health Center, located behind the Russell House, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Carolina Card, cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted for payment.

Students must present a Carolina Card to receive the vaccine. Faculty and staff must have a valid employee USC identification card.

For more information about the flu vaccine, call 803-777-9511.

Fees:
$10 - For  students that have paid the Student Health Fee.
$20 - For students that have not paid the Student Health Fee.
$20 - For all faculty and staff.

Why it’s important to prevent the flu

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Complications of flu

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

This year’s flu vaccine

The 2013-2014 flu vaccine is the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected when flu season begins. In the United States, influenza season usually begins in October and can last until May.

How to prevent the flu

  • Get an annual flu vaccine. It’s your single best defense against the flu virus.
  • Keep your hands clean. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Use hand wipes and sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
     
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
     
  • If you get the flu, if possible, stay home from work, school, and errands. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
     
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Flu symptoms

  • A temperature higher than 100F
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Sudden onset of dizziness

If you have the symptoms described above

  • Students should make an appointment with the Student Health Services General Medicine Center by visiting MyHealthSpace at 803-777-3175
  • Self-isolate (except to get medical care) for at least 24 hours after fever subsides without use of fever-reducing medicine

When to seek emergency medical care

  • You have difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • You have a purple or blue discoloration of your lips
  • You have vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
  • You have signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing or absence of urination
  • You have a seizures or uncontrolled convulsions
  • You are less responsive than normal or have difficulty thinking

If you fall within one of the following categories and have been exposed to anyone with the flu or have flu-like symptoms, promptly call your physician

  • Pregnant women
  • People younger than 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • People who are morbidly obese
  • People with chronic pulmonary (asthma), cardiovascular (except high blood pressure), renal, hepatic, hematological (sickle cell disease), neurologic, neuromuscular or metabolic disorders (including diabetes), and immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or HIV
  • Children younger than 5
  • Adults older than 65
  • Residents of chronic care facilities or nursing homes

Are you caring for a loved one? Follow these tips to protect yourself and others in your home.

  • Keep everyone's personal items separate. Avoid sharing computers, clothes, towels, sheets, and eating utensils.
  • Disinfect surfaces that are commonly touched around the home.
  • It's okay to wash everyone's dishes and clothes together. Use detergent and very hot water. Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.