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Health Center offers additional Fall 2011 flu shot clinics

Stock photo of a man getting a flu shotSMU’s Memorial Health Center will offer several more Fall 2011 flu shot clinics during October. The next available clinic is for faculty, staff and students and will take place 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Health Center building.

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

Two more clinics for faculty, staff and students will take place at the Memorial Health Center, scheduled for 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Flu shots will also be available from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 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.

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.

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: , , , , , , , |

SMU urges preventive measures against flu

Hand washing helps prevent flu from spreadingCases of the flu have been recently reported in North Texas, including several at SMU.

The University has increased the frequency of sanitation procedures in University buildings and encourages vigilance regarding personal hygiene and health habits. There are things you can do to help prevent the spread of germs, including:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.).
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.
  • If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, do not go to work or class until 24 hours after you no longer have fever. Students who miss class should contact their professors about making up any missed assignments. Human Resources is developing guidelines for employees who miss work. The Provost is developing academic guidelines for faculty and staff.
  • Regularly clean work surfaces and touch points (door handles, drawer pulls, chair arms, etc.) in your work area and home.

SMU will distribute flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available to the University.

The University remains in close contact with the Dallas County Health Department, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. The University also is monitoring the flu situation in other countries for those studying or teaching abroad. Learn more from SMU’s Flu Homepage.

What SMU is doing about the flu
Academic plans for a possible flu pandemic
Faculty and staff guidelines regarding a flu outbreak from SMU Human Resources
Flu information for parents
Cleaning and disinfecting guidelines

By | 2009-09-01T13:45:41+00:00 September 1, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Flu season strikes campus

(Updated with clinic information Jan. 26 and Jan. 28, 2009 – originally published Jan. 23, 2009.)

medical syringeFlu season is still here – and currently SMU is seeing an outbreak among the student population, say Nancy Merrill, M.D., and Peter Davis, M.D., co-medical directors of SMU’s Memorial Health Center.

To keep the flu from spreading, Merrill and Davis recommend the following steps to keep our campus community healthy:

  • Get a flu vaccination if you have not done so already.
  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever and chills, cough, body aches), see a medical provider early. To be effective, antiviral medications should be started within 48 hours after symptoms begin.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • If you may have flu, stay at home to avoid spreading the illness to others.

In response to the outbreak, the Memorial Health Center is offering free flu shots on the following days in the Hughes-Trigg Commuter Lounge and Umphrey Lee Dining Hall:

Monday, Jan. 26 – noon-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 27 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

There will be an additional flu clinic on campus 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in the Hughes-Trigg Commuter Lounge. The Dallas County Health Department will have free flu shots for students, faculty and staff, as well as limited supplies of FluMist nasal-spray vaccine available to students at cost ($20). FluMist is reserved for students only at this time. Students who live in student housing or have been exposed to the flu virus are encouraged to consider FluMist, as this form of vaccine helps build immunity more quickly than the flu shot.

Vaccinations are also available at Dallas County Health and Human Services, 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary for flu shots; call 214-819-2162 for more information.

For more information on the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

By | 2009-01-26T12:37:00+00:00 January 26, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
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