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Posted 10.02.07

Annual Flu Clinic Held for Faculty, Staff

A free flu vaccination is available for Wesleyan faculty, staff and their dependents this month.

Influenza is a highly contagious viral illness marked by fevers, muscle aches, cough, headache and fatigue.

“Influenza is at best a miserable experience for which we are all at risk every year,” says Dr. Davis Smith, medical director at the Davison Health Center. “An annual flu shot is very likely to confer protection against this year’s strains of influenza and is highly recommended for all members of the Wesleyan community. When flu season comes around, better to know you got the flu shot than wish you had.”

Influenza’s symptoms often have a dramatically sudden onset and usually last seven to ten days. Although Influenza almost always improves without complications, certain individuals, especially those with underlying medical problems such as diabetes or asthma may develop complications, especially pneumonia; ear infections or sinusitis may also occur.

The vaccination also is available to Wesleyan retirees and dependents 16 years and older who are CIGNA eligible.

The campus-wide flu clinic is sponsored by the Davison Health Center and Department of Human Resources. The MidState VNA and Hospice will provide the clinical services and Davison Health Center staff will assist with clerical duties.

The free flu clinic will be held for faculty, staff and dependents only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

A clinic will also be held for faculty, staff, dependents AND students from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. There is a fee for students to receive the shot.

All clinics will be held inside Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center, Room 108.

Registration is not required. However for faster service, bring a completed Influenza Immunization Permission sheet to the clinic. The form is available online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/ofnote/flu04faculty.html

More information on the flu is online at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/.
 
By Olivia Bartlett, Wesleyan Connection editor