Tips to Avoid the Flu from CSU Health Services

26 October, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Garry Little
  • Flu season comes early in Mississippi

Students, faculty and staff can now obtain the flu vaccine through the student health center on both campuses.

Prior to each flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts research into which strains are the most likely to circulate among the population.

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. Flu vaccine prevents hospitalisations and deaths.

National uptake figures indicate that 54 per cent of people aged 65 and over, who hold a medical card or GP visit card, received the flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 flu season.

And if there are people in your life who are sick or frail, getting the flu shot is like a "coccoon of protection" to help keep those people safe.

"Seasonal flu vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and also protects the baby".

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Flu symptoms generally develop over the course of a few hours, consisting of a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache, and sore throat.

"Encourage your family and co-workers to get the flu shot, too", Grantham said. You also can find a place to get vaccinated at

Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.

Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home and limit contact with others.

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