Campus Flu Activity
March 29, 2013: We are continuing to see a few cases of influenza at the Health Center (3 cases this week alone), even as flu activity in general in the region is waning. Don't let your guard down yet!
On Monday, November 26, the first on-campus case of influenza (flu) was confirmed for this year’s flu season. At this time there is no evidence of a widespread outbreak on campus, but Health Services will continue to monitor flu activity on campus and provide periodic updates.
This is a good reminder to get ready for flu season by getting a flu shot and observing basic guidelines for health. It is not too late to get an influenza vaccine (flu shot) this year.
Flu vaccines are available at the Health Center located on the second floor of the Norco Building, check-in at second floor lobby. We are currently NOT experiencing a shortage of vaccines at the Health Center.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wed 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
No appointment necessary.
Students: Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) covers cost of vaccine at 100% when provided at the Health Center. Other types of insurance will be billed and any balance not paid by insurance will be billed to the student. *Self-pay rate available for non-insured. Student ID and insurance card required.
Employees: Insurance will be billed, no co-pay will be charged. Employees covered by the State Blue Cross plan will not have any out-of-pocket costs associated with the flu shot. Health Services is not responsible for insurance reimbursement rates and cannot cover any discrepancies in reimbursement. Health Services encourages you to fully understand your insurance benefits. If you have questions, contact our Health Insurance and Billing Office at (208) 426-2158. *Self-pay rate available for non-insured. Employee ID and insurance card required.
In addition to getting a flu vaccine, follow these "Be Smart" tips:
B - Be sure to pay attention to the CDC vaccination guidelines for flu.
E - Eat healthy; sleep 7-8 hours; manage stress; engage in regular physical activity.
S - Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius), determined without the use of fever reducing medication.
M - Make sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20-30 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
A - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
R - Routinely clean surfaces with frequent hand contact with typically-used cleaning agents.
T - Try to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, use your elbow or shoulder.