STORRS SPRING 2021
Free flu shots for Storrs students.
Please bring your UConn student I.D.
Student Union North Lobby
NEW DATES ADDED
Monday - Thursday
January 25 - 28, 2021
9 am - 11:30 am and 12 pm - 3 pm
If you are a Storrs student who is currently in quarantine, don't worry!
Flu vaccine will be available all semester.
A flu shot will be waiting for you when you're ready.
HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR FLU SHOT?
Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect against influenza. CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that every American older than 6 months of age get vaccinated against the flu.
REGIONAL CAMPUS STUDENTS:
To find locations near you to receive your flu shot, please use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder
FACULTY AND STAFF:
Human Resources is working to provide in-person flu shots to employees, more information can be found here. You can also use the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate a vaccination clinic/pharmacy near you.
About the Flu
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Two basic types of virus circulate in the United States, group A and group B. Influenza A may cause moderate to severe illness in all age groups and infects humans and other animals. Influenza B causes milder symptoms and affects only humans, primarily children.
The University of Connecticut Student Health and Wellness encourages members of the university community to continue to practice flu prevention techniques. We communicate regularly with Eastern Highlands Health District (EHHD) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health with regard to influenza prevention and treatment recommendations. It is recommended that you visit the following websites for information on prevention, self care, treatment and the status of local and national efforts to address influenza.
Ways to Prevent the Flu
- Get Vaccinated - It is not too late to get protected! Flu shots are available at Student Health and Wellness and are free of charge to Storrs students.
- Have good respiratory etiquette – cough and sneeze into tissues, your arm or elbow, not into your hands.
- Practice good hand hygiene – wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose – this can spread the virus from an infected surface to you.
- Stay healthy – get plenty of sleep; exercise appropriately; manage your stress; eat nutritious foods; and drink plenty of liquids.
- Be knowledgeable – symptoms of the flu include fever, muscle aches, headache, cough and runny nose. If you have these symptoms, please call the Student Health and Wellness Advice Nurse (860-486-4700: option #1). Students with underlying medical conditions such as asthma are at increased risk of complications from the flu. Call us. We can help.
- Avoid contact with others if you are ill – Self-isolate: stay home from work or school if you are ill. Only return when you have been symptom free for 24 hours.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Muscle aches
- Scratchy sore throat
- Runny nose
If you have these symptoms and have questions about how to manage them, please consult a healthcare provider. If you have an underlying medical condition such as asthma, you are at increased risk of complications from the flu.
UConn students at the Storrs campus may call the Student Health and Wellness Advice Nurse at (860) 486-4700, option #1. Calling the Advice Nurse first may give you all the self-care information you need without having to visit. The Advice Nurse is available by phone 24 hours a day during the academic year.
Students at regional campuses as well as faculty and staff are advised to contact their regular health care provider.
If you do become ill:
- Student Health and Wellness recommends all students who become ill go home to rest and recover to prevent the spread of illness on campus. If you can't get home, self isolate in your room to avoid getting others sick.
- Rest at home until you are fever free for at least 24 hours without medication (for flu like symptoms) or stay home until you are feeling better (for severe diarrhea and vomiting). If you can't get home, stay in your room to avoid contact with others.
- Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration). Sick people with the flu need to drink extra fluids to keep from getting dehydrated. Avoid alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them such as colas, tea, energy drinks and coffee.
- Treat fever with medicines you can buy at the store such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Use these medications according to the package directions. Don't drink alcohol and take medicine.
- If you have a sore throat, gargle with salt water 3-4 times a day (mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). You can also suck on ice chips or frozen popsicles to numb your throat.
When to get help
- In general, if have a high fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, persistent vomiting, severe diarrhea or dehydration, see immediate medical attention. If necessary, dial 911 and go to the ER.
- If you get very sick or are pregnant or have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, HIV or AIDS), call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat flu.
When you start feeling better
- Get a new toothbrush.
- Wash your sheets and pillow cases.
- Give your room/apartment a good cleaning! Don't forget surfaces like doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones, faucets, garbage cans, etc. This will help prevent the spread of flu to your friends and family and back to you!
- Get back to your healthy habits. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, exercise 3-4 times per week, manage your stress, eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies, and stay hydrated.