First flu shot clinic for faculty and staff is Wednesday

Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.<br /><br />

Flu season will soon be upon us and every year, UW-Madison sees its share of influenza. Take advantage of the one of UW-Madison’s workplace flu shot clinics to protect yourself.

The first flu shot clinic of the season for faculty and staff will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the WARF, from 8 am to 4 pm. There will be clinics at 12 additional locations through Oct. 29. These clinics will be for faculty and staff only; student flu shots will be given at different times in separate locations.

Visit www.uhs.wisc.edu/campus-health/uw-flu-shots.shtml for a full list of walk-in clinics. No appointment is needed. (Sorry, but these clinics cannot offer flu shots to spouses/partners or children.)

What to bring

Bring your health insurance card. If you have Dean Care, Group Health Cooperative, Physicians Plus or Unity, payment will be processed directly to your health insurance provider. Otherwise, there will be a $31 fee for the shot (payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard).

As an alternative to the injectable vaccine, FluMist will also be available for $33. You will receive a receipt to submit to your health insurance provider for possible reimbursement. Shots will be administered by Home Health United.

The flu is serious

Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu shot every year. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.

If you get sick

If you develop flu-like symptoms (fever with a cough and/or sore throat), it is a campus expectation that faculty, staff, and students stay home from work and class, and limit contact with others until you are completely free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. This will take 3 to 5 days for most people.

Help keep campus healthy

Visit www.uhs.wisc.edu/campus-health/uw-flu-shots.shtml for free, printable resources, including flu shot, hand washing, and cover your cough flyers.

Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop This Monday 9/15

Join UHS in welcoming mindfulness expert Shuddhaanandaa “Baba” Brahmachari, who will be leading a workshop on mindfulness, meditation, and positive thinking at UW–Madison.

What:    Simple Steps to Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop
When:  Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Union South, TITU

Baba founded the Stress Management Academy in 2005 and went on to speak on the topic of mindfulness and meditation at universities around the world, as well as author the internationally acclaimed book, Making Your Mind Your Best Friend.

He has been awarded the Man of Peace Award by the World Organization for Peace, and is recognized for developing groundbreaking programs serving poverty-stricken individuals in India.

His workshop on Monday is open to all. For more information, visit courseinmindfulness.com.

The Lowdown on Enterovirus D68

Remember that bad summer cold that many of us have experienced at one time or another? There’s a really good chance it was an enterovirus infection. Enteroviruses are very common, with 10 to 15 million infections in the US each year. They usually cause mild illness, if they make people sick at all.

But the strain recently suspected of causing severe respiratory symptoms in many children (enterovirus 68 or EV-D68) is actually quite rare and it’s unclear why it popped up this year. However, cold season typically peaks in September—it may be following a similar pattern.

No confirmed cases of the strain have been reported in Wisconsin yet, but like any other respiratory illness, it could easily show up here. UHS is monitoring the situation and is prepared to respond if cases occur on campus.

Who does it affect?

Occasionally adults will get sick, but EV-D68 primarily affects young children. Most children will only experience mild cold symptoms, while others, particularly those with asthma, may experience a more severe respiratory illness that requires hospitalization.

What is the treatment?

There isn’t a specific treatment for EV-D68 infections—you would typically soothe your symptoms like you do with a common cold.

If you have children, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a regular cold and EV-D68, but there are symptoms you should be on the lookout for if your child becomes sick. Visit your health care provider if your child develops a fever or rash, or has difficulty breathing.

How can I reduce my risk?

This virus likely spreads like other respiratory illnesses–from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminates surfaces. You can protect yourself from DV-68 and many other illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you’re ill.

Raise awareness & win prizes with Umatter

suicide prevention weekJoin Umatter, the suicide prevention initiative at University Health Services, as they recognize Suicide Prevention Week from September 8th – 12th. You can help raise awareness and spread the word about suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Connect with UMatter on Facebook by liking their page and sharing their posts anytime from September 8th -12th and you’ll get entered to win prizes from Coffeebytes, Orange Shoe Gym, Capitol Centre Foods and Steep N Brew.

While you’re there, check out lots of helpful links and resources you can use if you or someone you know is in distress. It is no secret that college is a stressful time for students. However, help is available, and by creating a caring campus community, we can help keep all Badgers safe and healthy. Remember: at UW-Madison, Umatter.