Influenza is active among the student population at Central Michigan University, according to doctors at CMU Health – University Health Center clinics.
Four patients with influenza were diagnosed this week in the Towers Clinic located in Troutman Hall.
“We are telling students who are ill to stay away from their classrooms – and their roommates, if possible – until they have been fever free for a full 24 hours,” UHS Medical Director Dr. Mike Deaton said.
Deaton said the UHS clinics have flu shots available. National reports this week note one of the current strains of flu – H3N2 – mutated, and this particular strain tends to be among the harshest forms of influenza.
No appointment is necessary to receive the flu vaccine from University Health Services. Faculty, staff and students can visit the clinic on the second floor of Foust Hall between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Patients must bring their insurance information. Call 989-774-6599 with questions.
Deaton said a flu shot takes approximately two weeks to become effective, and no shot provides 100 percent protection. The flu shot does reduce the risk of becoming infected. The flu most often is transmitted through person-to-person contact, and a person can be contagious before they know they are ill.
Deaton also said proper hygiene plays an enormous role in reducing risk. His tips:
- wash your hands regularly, and wash long enough to sing an entire verse of “Happy Birthday”;
- stay home when feeling ill; and
- cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow rather than your hand.
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