Miami University is prepared to tackle the flu season with new signs reminding students and employees of things they can do to stay healthy and to receive a flu vaccine.
While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says it’s too early right now to determine if this year’s flu outbreak is worse than other years, the season started much earlier this year, making it appear more severe.
“We (the office of student wellness) just put up about 600 posters and 600 table tents across campus, reminding students to wash their hands,” said Rebecca Baudry Young, the director of the office of student wellness, who said that the posters and table tents are just reminders of ways to cut down on spreading germs. “Germs are carried on hands, and that’s the primary reason we get sick.”
Baudry Young added, “If you think you’re sick, the best thing you can do is minimize contact with others. You should rest, let your body recover and treat your symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Student health services will also help with prescription medications.”
Miami’s employee benefits and wellness gave out about 830 flu shots to employees at several sponsored events across campus. The Convenient Care Clinic, located at Student Health Services and run by McCullough- Hyde Memorial Hospital, is still giving flu vaccines. Officials say they have plenty of shots still available.
“The best way to avoid contamination is good hand washing,” said Gail Walenga, assistant vice president of student health services. “Keep your hands away from your face, get rest and eat well, which will help keep your immune system healthy. And it’s not too late to get your flu shot.”
Before the holiday break, about 180 flu vaccines were given at student health services. The office has about 200 vaccines currently available, with another order on the way.
Students can make appointments for a flu vaccine by calling 513-529-3000. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.