Influenza activity is currently widespread throughout most of the United States, including Minnesota. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates this trend will continue for a number of weeks. This year, it appears that most cases of the flu are caused by the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus which was seen in 2009. This particular strain of the flu virus can sicken anyone including young, healthy individuals but if you have heart or lung disease, diabetes, are pregnant or have an immune system disorder, infection with the flu can be life threatening.
The CDC strongly encourages everyone to get a flu shot to help protect against the flu virus. Flu vaccine is still available at Health Services and is free of charge to all students. Appointments can be made at Health Services for a vaccination by simply calling 726-8155.
If you become ill with flu like symptoms which include fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, nausea or vomiting, please call Health Services for advice. If you have an underlying medical condition such as those listed previously, and have developed symptoms of influenza, it is important that you contact your health care provider or Health Services as soon as possible.