H1N1 flu

Fall 2011 flu shot clinics begin Sept. 19-20

Stock photo of a man getting a flu shotSMU’s Memorial Health Center has scheduled several Fall 2011 flu shot clinics for September and October, beginning with a student clinic 2-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

This year, the Health Center will offer both the new needle-free flu shot and the conventional needle shot.

> Learn more about the needle-less flu shot in this segment from NBC News 5

Faculty, staff members and students can get their shots 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Dedman Center, as well as from 11 a.m.-1 p.m and 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at the Law School Pit in the Underwood Law Library lobby.

Two clinics for faculty and staff members will take place 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Expressway Tower; and 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the 2011 Human Resources Fair in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

A clinic for faculty, staff and students at the SMU-in-Plano campus will take place 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Building 3.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25. The Memorial Health Center accepts cash (exact change) and checks made out to the SMU Health Center.

> Visit the SMU Health Center online

To shorten your wait at the flu clinic, take these steps:

Keep up with the latest flu information, including upcoming clinic schedules, at smu.edu/flu.

> More news: Memorial Health Center achieves national accreditation

SMU urges inoculation as the 2011 flu season continues

Stock photo of a person receiving an immunizationAlthough SMU is not experiencing a large number of flu cases at this time, it is still flu season and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says there are widespread cases in Texas, as well as neighboring Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Since flu can spread easily from person to person, the University urges all community members to take these preventative measures:

  • Get a flu shot. The shots are available at the SMU Health Center or local pharmacies. The Health Center offers immunizations on Tuesdays (1:30-3:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (9-11 a.m.). Complete the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Form (PDF format) and bring it with you, along with your SMU ID.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow or sleeve and avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The University provides the shots at no cost for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty, staff and spouses may purchase shots for $25. Please bring cash or a check made out to the SMU Health Center.

> Visit the SMU Flu Preparedness site at smu.edu/flu
> Learn more about the Health Center’s flu shot program

By | 2011-02-07T16:01:14+00:00 February 7, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 10-11

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotGet protected now for upcoming exams and holidays: The SMU Health Center will offer two 2010 flu shot clinics this week on the University’s main campus.

Faculty, staff members and students can get their shots 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 11 in the Memorial Health Center.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

To shorten your wait at the flu clinic, take these steps:

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

Keep up with the latest flu information, including upcoming clinic schedules, at smu.edu/flu.

By | 2010-11-10T09:39:37+00:00 November 10, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , , |

November flu shot clinics scheduled for main campus

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotThe SMU Health Center has scheduled 2010 flu shot clinics for the first two Wednesdays of November on the University’s main campus.

Faculty, staff members and students can get their shots 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 in the Memorial Health Center.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

To shorten your wait at the flu clinic, take these steps:

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

Keep up with the latest flu information, including upcoming clinic schedules, at smu.edu/flu.

By | 2010-11-02T14:24:11+00:00 November 2, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Flu shot clinic at SMU-in-Plano Oct. 27

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotThe SMU Health Center has organized a 2010 flu shot clinic for students, faculty and staff members at SMU-in-Plano. The clinic will take place 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27 in Building 3.

Additional clinics have also been scheduled for the main campus. Faculty and staff members can get their shots 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Memorial Health Center.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

To shorten your wait at the flu clinic, take these steps:

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

Keep up with the latest flu information, including upcoming clinic schedules, at smu.edu/flu.

By | 2010-10-27T09:49:24+00:00 October 27, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Faculty-staff flu shots available Oct. 4

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotThe SMU Health Center will offer a 2010 flu shot clinic for faculty and staff 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4 in the main lobby of Underwood Law Library, located in the Dedman School of Law quad.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff, said Patrick Hite, executive director of health services, in an e-mail to the campus community dated Sept. 30, 2010. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

To shorten your wait at the flu clinic, take these steps:

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

Additional flu clinics will be scheduled in October. Keep up with the latest information at smu.edu/flu.

H1N1 flu shots now available from SMU Health Center

Vaccination syringe stock photoA limited supply of H1N1 vaccine is now available to SMU faculty and staff. H1N1 vaccination clinics will be offered in the west wing of the Health Center during the following times:

Dec. 10 – 2-6 p.m.
Dec. 11 – 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis as supplies last. Bring your SMU ID card to the vaccine clinics. The administration fee is $15 and must be paid in cash.

If you are unable to receive an H1N1 vaccine during these clinic times, please consider getting the vaccine over the holiday break.

The vaccines are provided by Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information, visit smu.edu/flu

By | 2009-12-10T13:26:25+00:00 December 10, 2009|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , |

Seasonal flu shots for fall 2009 now available on campus

(Originally published Sept. 18, 2009 – updated Sept. 22, 2009.)

Stock shot of single-use syringeThe fall 2009 vaccine for protection against seasonal flu is now available on campus, and the first flu shot clinic for faculty and staff members is scheduled for 2-7 p.m. Sept. 24 in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

Flu shot clinics for students begin Sept. 21.

Cases of novel H1N1 flu continue to be seen on the SMU campus and throughout the country. A vaccine for novel H1N1 is currently in production, and the SMU Memorial Health Center plans to have it available later this fall.

The timing and duration of seasonal flu outbreaks can vary. Spread of seasonal flu can begin as early as October and occur as late as March. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each flu season. The seasonal flu vaccine administered in January 2009 will not provide protection for the upcoming flu season.

The University pays the cost of flu shots for benefit-eligible employees, retirees and retiree spouses. Employee spouses may purchase shots for $25. The cost for students insured with Aetna student insurance program is $5.

In addition, faculty and staff members can get free flu shots from a primary-care doctor with no deductible and no office visit co-pay. Vaccines are covered under the $500 Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO preventive care benefit when submitted as a claim for “routine immunization.” Vaccines are also covered under the Aetna HMO preventive care benefit.

To shorten your wait at the University flu clinics, take these steps in advance:

Find more information and a complete flu shot clinic schedule at smu.edu/flu
Learn more about flu at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

By | 2009-09-22T11:30:49+00:00 September 22, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Human Resources provides absence guidelines for H1N1 outbreak

SMU continues to monitor the H1N1 flu (swine flu) situation. There are no known cases at SMU. The University’s Department of Human Resources has created a document to provide guidelines for employees and managers who may need to stay home due to personal or family illness, or if a child’s school or daycare facility closes due to H1N1 flu.

The guidelines include information on when and how long to stay home, working from home, and use of sick leave. The document also compiles several helpful links.

University employees who exhibit symptoms of H1N1 flu should contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-3333, as well as their personal health care providers for appointments and related information.

University resources:

SMU Health Center updates at smu.edu/flu
Human Resources guidelines for managing absences during an outbreak (PDF format)

Resources from Magellan, SMU’s Employee Assistance Program:

H1N1 Flu: Anxiety and Prevention
H1N1 Flu: Get Informed, Be Prepared

Local and federal resources:

Dallas County Health and Human Services: Influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: H1N1 Flu

By | 2009-05-05T13:11:59+00:00 May 5, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
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