Campus Weather Closings: Feb. 11-12, 2010

Due to inclement weather, SMU-in-Plano will close at 2 p.m. today, February
11, and the main SMU campus will close at 3 p.m.

In addition, all campuses will delay opening until noon Friday, February 12.

For more information, watch the SMU homepage at http://smu.edu and the SMU
Twitter account at http://twitter.com/smu.

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SMU continues to experience some influenza activity

To help prevent catching or spreading the flu:

  • Get vaccinated for seasonal flu and H1N1 flu.
  • SMU Health Center offers both vaccines to students during immunization clinic times:

    Tuesdays: 1:30-3 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, elevator buttons, etc.).
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (sudden fever/chills, cough, body aches, fatigue), see a medical provider. Persons who may have the flu should stay at home until 24 hours after they are no longer experiencing fever to avoid spreading the illness.
  • Report that you are sick at http://smu.edu/flu/absence/
  • For 24-hour medical advice, students can call SMU’s Health Center at 214-768-2141. Faculty and staff should contact their personal health care providers.

For SMU flu information, visit www.smu.edu/flu

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SMU Flu Update

Cases of the flu continue to be reported in North Texas, including SMU. Vaccines for seasonal flu are now available on campus, as well as from local pharmacies and physicians. SMU remains in close contact with local, state, national and international health authorities.

Seasonal Flu Shots Now Available on Campus

Seasonal flu vaccine is available on campus. This vaccine is recommended by the SMU Health Center and other health agencies. Vaccine for H1N1 will be available later this year. See the clinic schedule and related information.

Seeking Medical Care

SMU’s Memorial Health Center provides diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury to students. Faculty and staff are urged to contact their healthcare providers. After hours and on weekends, students are urged to go to the nearby PrimaCare or QuestCare, or to their private physican. More information.

SMU Addresses Flu Concerns

Students, faculty or staff who miss class or work because of the flu should notify their professors or supervisors by e-mail or phone and complete the Flu Absence Reporting Form. More information is available online.

Symptoms

Not sure if you have the flu, a cold or allergies review descriptions of the symptoms.

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Emergency Preparedness Day: Orient Yourself to Lockdown Procedures

As a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Month, SMU has designated September 16, 2009 as Emergency Preparedness Day.

We encourage you orient yourself to Lockdown procedures by clicking the image below to view the video, “Shots Fired on Campus”.

You will be asked for a username and password. Your username is your email alias (the name before the @ in your SMU email address). Your password is your normal network password.

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SMU Urges Preventive Measures for Flu

Cases of the flu have been reported in North Texas, including at SMU. For continuous updates, please visit the SMU flu website.

SMU will distribute flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available to us (check the flu website and campus e-mail messages for times and locations).

SMU has increased the frequency of sanitation procedures in University buildings and encourages vigilance regarding personal hygiene and health habits.

For 24-hour medical advice, students can call SMU’s Health Center at 214-768-2141. Due to patient volume, the Health Center is prioritizing patients over the phone. If a student has a condition that can wait to be seen by a doctor, the University recommends that he or she go to the center at a later date to avoid exposure to the influenza virus.

Students should bring their health insurance cards to Health Center appointments; otherwise, they will be charged full price for any prescriptions.

The Health Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (except home football game days). Students should call 214-768-2141 to make an appointment.

A paramedic is available in the Health Center on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. No appointment is necessary.

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.

Call SMU Police at 214-768-3333 or 911 for assistance.

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

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