2017-2018 Flu Season
How to prevent the flu
- Get the flu vaccine!
- Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water, especially after touching surfaces.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects often.
- Use hand wipes and sanitizers.
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick, and stay away from people who are sick.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Drink lots of water and eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Stay active and exercise.
- Students who have flu symptoms should make an appointment to see a Primary Care provider online at www.sc.edu/myhealthspace or call 803-777-3175.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to prevent or fight the flu: 1) get vaccinated, 2) take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs that lead to the flu and 3) if diagnosed with the flu, take antiviral medications prescribed by your doctor to treat the flu. Faculty and staff can get their flu shot at the Benefits Fair Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Flu clinics around campus will be announced soon.
Flu Vaccine Availability
The Center for Health and Well-Being is offering the flu shot in their Allergy, Immunization and Travel clinic. No appointment needed - just walk in. Flu shots are FREE for students.
Faculty and staff no-cost flu vaccines
Student Health Services will provide the flu vaccine for faculty and staff whose primary insurance is the BlueCross BlueShield state health plan for a $0 co-payment. Please bring your insurance card to get the vaccine at no cost to you. If you are not covered by the state health plan, you can get the flu vaccine for $20. The Center for Health and Well-Being is offering the flu shot in their Allergy, Immunization and Travel clinic. No appointment needed - just walk in.
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 ranged 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. 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.
- A temperature higher than 100F
- Muscle aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Sudden onset of dizziness
- Students should make an appointment with the Student Health Services Primary Care by visiting MyHealthSpace at 803-777-3175
- Self-isolate (except to get medical care) until at least 24 hours after fever subsides without use of fever-reducing medicine
- You have difficulty breathing or chest pain
- You have a purple or blue discoloration of your lips
- You have vomiting and are unable to keep liquids down
- You have signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing or absence of urination
- You have seizures or uncontrolled convulsions
- You are less responsive than normal or have difficulty thinking
- 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
- 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.