Monitoring the Flu: SMU Urges Preventive Measures

Cases of influenza have been reported at SMU and are expected to rise during the flu season. SMU’s Health Center encourages students, faculty and staff to remember these important precautions:

Stock shot of single-use syringeGet vaccinated. Flu shots are available at Health Center immunization clinics Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for $25; for students insured with SMU Aetna, the cost is $5. No appointment is necessary during clinic hours; shots also are available by appointment during other Health Center hours. Flu shots also are available at many local pharmacies and physician’s offices.
Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.). Cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing with either a disposable tissue or a sleeve. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Get plenty of rest to keep the immune system working at its best.
Know the flu symptoms: fever with cough or sore throat, and sometimes runny nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
Students, faculty and staff with flu symptoms should stay home. Ill students should limit contact with others who are not sick. Those with flu-like symptoms should not return to class until they have not had fever (temp < 100.5 degrees F) for 24 hours without taking ibuprofen or Tylenol.

Students should seek medical attention if they have acute symptoms such as body aches, cough or a fever of more than 100.5. They must bring their health insurance cards to Health Center appointments; otherwise, they will be charged full price for any prescriptions.

Read more recommendations for students who have the flu below.


• Students who have the flu should take either Relenza or Tamiflu twice a day to shorten the duration of illness. Take a decongestant to treat congestion and drainage. For fever, alternate ibuprofen and Tylenol every 3 hours. Increase fluid intake.

• Students with the flu should email their professors as soon as possible and let them know they have the flu, or they may call the Office of the Dean of Student Life for assistance at 214-768-4564. Read the policy on absences from class.

• Resident students who have flu symptoms and wish to obtain a meal may do so by contacting Kyle Wilson, at kwilson@smu.edu, for later pickup at RFoC. Friends and roommates who pick up meals must have the ill student’s SMU ID. Students may not eat in the dining hall until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.

• If students leave their rooms, they are urged to wear a mask to prevent the spread on campus. The Health Center is providing masks to students with flu-like illnesses.

• If students get worse after being on the medication for three or four days, they should come back to the Health Center to have their lungs rechecked to make sure they have not developed a secondary infection. Those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, or complications should call the Health Center at 214-768-2141.

The Health Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students should call 214-768-2141 to make an appointment.

If students need assistance after hours, they have several options:

Visit a local clinic:
QuestCare, in Snider Plaza at 3414 Milton, is open Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. Call 214-368-4822.
PrimaCare, 6350 E. Mockingbird Lane, is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 214-828-0448.

See their private physician.

If a student has an emergency, please call 911 or go to a hospital:

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital: 214-345-6789; Emergency 214-345-7886
Baylor University Medical Center: 214-820-0111; Emergency 214-820-2501
Doctors Hospital: 214-324-6100; Emergency 214-324-6111

If you have questions, feel free to contact SMU’s director of Parent and Family Programs, Deanie Kepler, at gkepler@smu.edu or 214-768-4797.

• Learn about SMU’s new mandatory health insurance requirement for students and premium charges.

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