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Staying healthy during flu season

To the University community:

As the spring semester begins today, we find ourselves in the thick of flu season. The illness is widespread in many states, and a few states, including New York, have declared public health emergencies. Our students, faculty, and staff who have traveled near and far during the holidays will be returning to Charlottesville, and some will be carrying the flu virus as they return to the Grounds. If you get sick, you can help yourself -- and help others -- by staying home, taking the necessary medication, and resting.

The CDC offers helpful advice about how to avoid the flu and how to treat it if you get sick: http://www.cdc.gov/features/fluactivity/. I encourage all of the members of our community to follow these suggestions as the new year begins.

The flu vaccine can help prevent illness.

Students can make an appointment to receive the flu vaccine at Student Health by using the Healthy Hoos online system, https://www.healthyhoos.virginia.edu/. Other local vaccination resources available to students and members of the U.Va. community include:

  • Thomas Jefferson Health District, 434-972-6200 - call ahead. 1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville
    Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  • Retail outlets including Kroger, CVS, and Target - call ahead.

If experiencing flu-like symptoms, students should first call Student Health at 434-982-3915 during regular hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon). Providing information on all symptoms, including temperature, is extremely helpful for staff to ascertain if a student needs to come to the clinic or isolate.

Faculty members should encourage students who have the flu not to attend class.

All employees, including temporary and wage, who have not yet received the flu vaccine can get it from WorkMed while supplies last. To make an appointment, call 434-243-0075. Those employees covered under the UVa Health Plan can go to their primary care physician and get the shot for free as part of our preventive care benefit (with no office visit co-pay or deductible).

Other local vaccination resources available to members of the Charlottesville community include:

  • Thomas Jefferson Health District, 434-972-6200 - call ahead. 1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville
    Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to noon, Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  • Retail outlets including Kroger, CVS, and Target - call ahead.

To all of you, I send best wishes for a healthy, productive semester.

Teresa A. Sullivan
President

President Sullivan approved distribution of this message.