Flu Vaccine Clinic and Tips to Stay Healthy

The current flu season is expected to be “one of the worst flu outbreaks in 10 years” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Flu Vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu according to the CDC and is recommended for anyone older than 6 months unless the person is allergic to the vaccine.

Meredith College will hold a Flu Vaccine Clinic in Carroll Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The vaccines are available first come, first served.

Meredith students, faculty and staff should bring their health insurance card and photo ID if they have any of the following insurance plans:

• Blue Cross Blue Shield Student health insurance Meredith offers
• Blue Cross Blue Shield plans from all states in the USA including our employee plan
• Medicare Part B
• Medicare Advantage Plans (must say PFFS “Private Fee for Service” on the card)
• Aetna
• SummaCare
• Humana Gold Choice (PFFS) and Humana Medicare (PFFS Only)
• Todays Options
• National Union Fire Insurance (Pearce and Pearce – College health plans)
• Universal Health Care

Meredith students, 17 years or age or younger, must have a parent or guardian present. Family members with the above mentioned health insurance plans may also receive flu vaccine at Meredith. Children ages 4 - 17 are eligible but must have a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine.

The flu vaccine costs $30 unless you have preventive benefits with an insurance company listed above. The Meredith student health insurance plan and the faculty/staff plan with BCBS covers the flu vaccine at no out of pocket cost.

Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Dr. Seth Feltheimer, an internist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, offers these tips for avoiding, treating and dealing with the flu:

1. Sanitize your hands often with Purel or an alcohol-based product. Soap does not kill viruses.

2. Wipe down shared work or household objects such as telephones, keyboards, computer mice, and TV and stereo remote controls with Lysol.

3. Avoid people who are coughing.

4. Open the windows at home or in your workplace. The breeze can carry away the air droplets containing the virus.

5. If you are sick with the flu, stay home in bed, rest and avoid contact with others. Don't be a martyr at work. You will just get other people infected and prolong your illness.

6. Get a flu shot. This year's vaccine matches the virus going around and can help prevent you ever getting the flu, or if you do, it can lessen the severity of your illness.

7. Call your doctor if you have had a flu shot, but get sick anyway. Additional medications will make the illness easier and milder.

For more information about the flu in 2013, click here to read an article from the NY Daily News.

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