Monday, October 5, 2009

Flu and other respiratory viruses

The seasonal flu (not H1N1 "swine" flu--yet) and other cold and respiratory viruses are becoming more prevalent around campus. I had to miss a family wedding in Austin this past weekend because I caught a respiratory virus. The library has hand sanitizer, kleenex, and disinfecting wipes (to use on computer keyboards and mice) at our service desks on all three floors of the library -- PLEASE use them!

The Student Health Center, located in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center Room 212, is now offering seasonal flu vaccination to students only. The cost is $20. No appointment is necessary, but preferred times are from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 968-9271. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Student Health Center cannot provide the seasonal flu vaccine to faculty and staff except during the Wellness Expo.

Flu shots also will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis for $20 (cash or check only) during the Student Health Center Wellness Expo, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 15 in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms.

For more tips on avoiding the flu and other respiratory viruses, see

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