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Foil the flu: OHIO launches health alert on seasonal flu

Site includes updates on H1N1 and vaccination information

Ohio University recently launched a new website dedicated to educating students, faculty and staff about influenza. The site features updates on H1N1 and flu vaccination information for the OHIO community.

To view OHIO's Health Alert on the seasonal flu, click here.

The site is the most recent addition to Ohio University's HealthAlerts series -- which aims to proactively empower the university community with knowledge and resources to address the critical, less-talked-about health and safety issues facing today's college students, faculty and staff. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu is a contagious respiratory virus caused by the influenza virus and normally occurs from late fall until early spring. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills and fatigue. Many people with H1N1 also reported vomiting and diarrhea.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC no longer consider H1N1 to be a pandemic, H1N1 is still expected to circulate this flu season along with other seasonal flues. 

This year, the flu vaccine will protect against H1N1 and seasonal flu strands H3N2 virus and influenza B virus. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older should get the flu vaccine for the 2010-11 influenza season.

Minor side effects of the flu vaccine include redness or soreness at the injection site, a low-grade fever and aches. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly monitor the flu vaccine to make sure it is safe.

Vaccine information for faculty and staff

University Human Resources in partnership the College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Programs will be conducting the annual Employee Free Flu Shot Program Oct. 27-28 on the first floor of the Human Resources and Training Center (HRTC) on West Union Street.

Employee Free Flu Shot Schedule:

Oct. 27   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  HRTC

Oct. 28   3 p.m. – 6 p.m.    HRTC

The university's Anthem PPO health plan for faculty, administrators, F.O.P. members, and classified staff covers the flu vaccine at 100 percent for PPO network providers, and 70 percent for non-network providers for employees and family members.  AFSCME union members are also covered due to a special agreement between the University and AFSCME.

Vaccine information for students

Ohio University students can receive the flu vaccine beginning in December. The vaccine costs $25 and is administered by Campus Care, located in Hudson Health Center.

If students have any questions regarding the flu vaccine they should contact Student Health Services at 740-593-1660.

To view Ohio University’s Flu Health Alert, visit www.ohio.edu/healthalerts/flu.