Campus Seasonal Influenza Clinics starting Oct. 5

Norris Health Center, in partnership with the College of Nursing, Union Marketing and Programming, Union Operations and University Housing will begin its Fall 2011 Campus Seasonal Influenza Clinics Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Union Fireside Lounge.

All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to get their flu shot and help contribute to the good health of our community.

“We have already started to see individuals who have symptoms that include fever and sore throat this fall,” said Dr. Julie Bonner, Executive Director of the Norris Health Center. “While it is early for the influenza virus, now is the time to protect yourself with a vaccination.

“We also need to remind ourselves of basic principles like hand washing and covering our mouths when we cough.”

The dates and times of the campus clinics are as follows:

Time Date Location
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday October 5, 2011 Union Fireside Lounge
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday October 6, 2011 Sandburg Flicks
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday October 11, 2011 Sandburg Flicks
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday November 9, 2011 Union Fireside Lounge

Cost is $10 for students, $20 faculty/staff, and $25 for community members. Cash, check, credit card and Panther Card accepted/No Medicare accepted.

Individuals must be 9 years of age or older. Students can also call Norris at 229-4716 to make an appointment for a flu shot. Norris offers immunization appointments daily however when appointments are filled we will be directing students to the campus clinics.

National, state and local public health authorities recommend that all people 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. By getting vaccinated you can protect yourself from getting ill and avoid spreading influenza to others in your household, your classroom, and your workplace.

Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions-such as heart, lung or kidney disease or a weakened immune system-can get much sicker and have more complications if they are infected with the influenza virus. Flu can cause high fever and pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions worse . Each year it is estimated that influenza causes 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States.

Further information on the signs and symptoms of Influenza can be found at these useful links:

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming Influenza Campaign at UWM, please call Colleen Bernstein at 414-229-6668.

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