February 2, 2024
Dear SMU Community,
We are in the peak of flu season and influenza is on the rise at SMU. The number of flu cases and other respiratory illnesses at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center has more than tripled over the past two weeks. Please take preventive actions that can protect you (and others) from circulating these viruses such as washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with individuals who are ill, and making sure your vaccinations are up to date.
The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center provides free flu shots to students, faculty, and staff. This season’s flu vaccine is well-matched to circulating viruses and should offer good protection from severe illness. No appointment is necessary. You may call, email, or use the SMU Health Portal to schedule an appointment.
If you experience flu-like symptoms or test positive for the flu, it is recommended that you stay home and refrain from attending classes or work until you are fever free (temperature drops below 100.5°) for at least 24 hours. As a reminder, our pharmacy is stocked with over-the-counter medications and relief aids should you need them.
Your health and well-being are important to us. For more information and additional resources, please visit the Health Center website.
Randy P. Jones, DDS, MPH
Associate Dean of Student Life
Executive Director of Health Services
Dr. Bob Smith Health Center