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Beu Staff Expecting Increase of Flu at WIU; Free Flu Shots for Students Jan. 16 While Supplies Last

January 14, 2013


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MACOMB, IL -- Based on national seasonal influenza (flu) surveillance, Beu Health Center is expecting an increase in the seasonal flu on the Western Illinois University Macomb campus during the opening weeks of the spring semester. According to staff, Beu Health Center still has about 425 doses of the flu vaccine; these will be available free of charge to WIU students from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the University Union concourse while supplies last.

Staff at Beu is encouraging students who think they are suffering from the flu to stay home to help prevent the spread of the illness and to seek medical attention if individuals develop the following warning signs:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • sudden dizziness
  • confusion
  • severe or persistent vomiting
  • flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

The national Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also posted information about the seasonal flu at www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm. The web page features information and recommendations about what to do if an individual does get ill.

Students who develop any of the above-listed symptoms or those listed on the CDC website should seek immediate medical attention at Beu Health Center. Appointments can be made by calling (309) 298-1888 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. After-hours care is available through the McDonough District Hospital (MDH) Convenient Care clinic located at Hy-Vee in Macomb (contact the MDH Convenient Care Clinic at [309] 836-1700) or the emergency room at MDH.

Beu is distributing flu self-care packs to students living in residence halls to help reduce the traffic of sick students around campus. If you live in a residence hall and need a flu pack, please contact your RA.

For more information, contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888.

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