- Annual Flu Vaccine Campaign Complete - December 2, 2008
- Free Flu Vaccine for Students - October 20, 2008
- Free Flu Vaccine for Students - September 25, 2008
- Pharmacy Services Temporarily Unavailable - August 20, 2008
- Programming Coordinator Brings Holistic Perspective - August 1, 2008
- December 2, 2008 -
The Student Health Center concluded its 2008 Flu Vaccine Campaign at the end of November when the 1,600 th dose was administered. This year, 906 students and 521 employees took advantage of the free flu vaccine.
- October 20, 2008 -
It is not too late! Free flu vaccines are still available for students at the Student Health Center while supplies last. No appointment is necessary. Students must present their Sam ID card prior to receiving the vaccine. Call 936.294.1805 for more information.
- Sept 25, 2008 -
The SHSU Student Health Center will administer the influenza vaccine at no charge to students on Wednesday, October 8th, and Thursday, October 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the LSC atrium. Students must present their Sam ID card prior to receiving the vaccine. Supplies are limited and the vaccine will be administered on a first come-first serve basis. The vaccine will not be administered to any person 17 years or younger, pregnant, or nursing.
In order to speed the administration of the vaccine, students are asked to come prepared with sleeves that can be easily adjusted to expose their shoulder. There will be an area to disrobe with privacy screens, but an easily accessible injection site will make the process faster and more comfortable.
Influenza, also called flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.
“In addition to the flu vaccine, the most essential things students can do to avoid the spread of flu is to consistently wash their hands, avoid rubbing their noses, eyes and mouths, and continue a healthy lifestyle,” said Sarah Hanel, Programming Coordinator for the Student Health Center.
"With approaching exams and deadlines, students’ stress levels become escalated," Hanel said. "It is important to effectively cope with stress because high levels can weaken the immune system and increase a person’s susceptibility to illness."
In the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and roughly 36,000 people die from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. Each vaccine contains three influenza viruses-one A (H3N2) virus, one A (H1N1) virus, and one B virus. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year.
About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body. Despite commonly believed myths, a person cannot contract the flu from the flu vaccine.
“The Student Health Center’s mission is prevention and education," Hanel said. "Our goal is to minimize the spread of the flu on campus and keep students healthy and in class. The only cost to students wanting the vaccine is their time spent waiting in line."
For more information about the influenza vaccine or the administration process, visit www.shsu.edu/healthcenter or call 936.294.1805.
- August 20, 2008 -
The Health Center's pharmacy services are temporarily unavailable due to the resignation of our pharmacist. We are working to fill the position as soon as possible in order to restore on-campus access to affordable prescription medications. Meanwhile, McNease Drugs has agreed to match our prices for most prescription medications excluding contraceptives.
McNease Drugs is located at 103 Medical Park Lane behind Huntsville Memorial Hospital. They can be reached by phone at (936) 293-8333.
- August 1, 2008 -
Sarah Hanel began her employment as the Health Center's Programming Coordinator on July 16, 2008. In addition to her Master's degree from TAMU's School of Rural Public Health and experience as a patient educator at Scott & White Clinic, Ms. Hanel brings a holistic perspective to the Student Health Center's programming efforts.
"The challenge for students is to consider that health and wellness is not just about the physical component, it is about our experiences and the daily decisions we make. My goal is to help students understand that the decisions they make today shape tomorrow", stated Hanel.
Ms. Hanel can be reached at 294-4347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.