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Welcome back to campus! We hope you had a good break and are ready to start classes. SHS would like to remind the community that it is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not had one yet. We still have plenty of vaccine. Widespread flu activity has been reported in Maryland, with a three-fold increase in the number of cases as compared to this time last year. Flu activity usually peaks in February and can continue until May. Although this season’s flu vaccine is not a perfect match, it will still protect you and keep you from experiencing severe symptoms.
Continued precautions as proper rest, exercise, hydration and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer are essential over the next weeks and months, and if you get the flu, stay home and rest. Drink plenty of fluids and seek medical attention for severe symptoms. Prompt use of antiviral medication can decrease the symptoms and prevent the complications of the flu, especially for individuals with chronic illnesses.
The symptoms of the flu include fever, usually over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, severe muscle and body aches, headaches, fatigue. Some individuals also experience vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually begin suddenly and progress rapidly.
SU Student Health Services promotes the success of all students by helping each to achieve optimal health based on individual needs and diverse characteristics. In an ambulatory setting, we strive to provide excellent clinical care and education. We also promote wellness through campus wide programs and community outreach.
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Updated May 9, 2016
Tips for a Healthy Summer
The staff of Student Health Services hopes that you have had a productive semester and want to provide some tips for a healthy summer.
Give your diet a boost by eating fresh berries. They are rich in antioxidants and high in fiber.
Protect your skin from harmful sun rays and always wear sunscreen.
Your eyes also need protection from the sun. Sunglasses help prevent cataracts, as well as provide protection.
Use insect repellent and wear long sleeve shirts and pants, especially at dusk and if hiking in the woods to avoid tick and bug bites.
Please visit the CDC website for information about the Zika Virus. Zika virus has been linked to birth defects in children if the mother is infected with the virus while pregnant. (link to CDC Zika site: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html)
Always keep yourself well hydrated when working or playing outdoors, especially during hot and humid days.
Do not neglect your sleep.
The summer months are also an excellent time to update your immunizations. While illnesses such as influenza are on the decline, traveling abroad can carry the risk of coming in contact with diseases that are not found in the United States. Please take the time to go to the secure patient portal to check your immunization status and update vaccines as needed.