The Student Health and Wellness Center provides immunizations for many vaccine-preventable diseases such as:
- PDF Document: Influenza
- PDF Document: Hepatitis A
- PDF Document: MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
- PDF Document: Polio
Prevent seasonal flu: Get vaccinated!
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and lessen the chance that you will spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. This is especially important for anyone with a history of asthma, as asthmatics are at increased risk of severe disease and complications from the flu.
Living in the residence halls can be a great set-up for having the flu sweep through, making students too sick to attend classes for several days. While the influenza vaccine is not 100% protective, it is one of the best things your child can do to help prevent contracting it while living on campus. The Student Health and Wellness Center hosts flu clinics throughout the academic school year.
What is the flu?
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.
How is it spread?
The flu is spread from person-to-person through droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking. Droplets can land in the mouth or nose or possibly be inhaled, and can be spread between persons up to six feet away.
What are the symptoms?
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
What should I do if I think I have the flu?
- Contact the SHWC at 410-516-8270. We are more than happy to schedule an appointment for you and provide recommendations for care.
- Try to avoid close contact with others, or wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Stay home for at least 24 hours until your fever subsides
What is the cost of the vaccine?
- The influenza vaccine is $20 at SHWC. You may pay at the time of the vaccine and ask for a receipt to submit to your insurance.
- Students with the school-sponsored health insurance plan receive the influenza vaccine for free