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1/21/10: Health Services has seasonal flu shots available. The shot is free to students and costs $15.00 for faculty and staff.  We also have the H1N1 shots which are FREE to faculty, staff, students and families.  The two shots may be taken at the same time. To take the shot(s) come to Health Services between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and bring your UWG ID.

12/8/09: Health Services had 2 swab-positive cases of flu for the week ending on December 4. Everyone is reminded to continue to practice good prevention measures which can be found on this site at the Prevention Suggestions link.

12/3/09: Health Services has received another shipment of seasonal flu shots. The shot is free to students and costs $15.00 for faculty and staff. We also have the H1N1 shots that are free to faculty, staff, students and families. The two shots may be taken at the same time. To take the shot(s), come to Health Services between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and bring your UWG ID. The last day of operation for Health Services for fall semester is Friday, December 11.

12/1/09: Health Services had no swab-positive cases of flu for the week of November 23-24.

11/24/09:  Health Services had 3 swab-positive cases of flu for the week ending on November 20. Health Services saw 741 patients during the week.

11/16/09: UWG Health Services reports low numbers of  swab-positive cases of flu for the campus. The week of Nov. 9 there were 3 swab-positive cases reported by Health Services.

11/10/09: There will be another H1N1 flu clinic on Wednesday, November 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Lower Level of Z-6. Each student who takes the vaccine will receive either a T-shirt or Chick Fil A coupon for a free sandwich as long as the supply lasts. Students must present their ID card in order to be able to receive the vaccine and shirt.

11/9/09: UWG Health Service had 16 swab-positive cases of flu for the campus during the week of November 2. 11/2/09: The H1N1 vaccine will be offered again on Tuesday, November 3. The hours will be 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. These will be given at Health Services at the back door. Please do not come through front due to large volumes of sickness. There is no charge for students, faculty or staff or the dependents of faculty and staff. Please note you must have your UWG staff or student ID on hand, and if a dependent of a faculty and staff member is planning on taking the vaccine, he or she must come with the faculty or staff member.  We have the H1N1 shot, but the H1N1 Flu Mist will also be available on a first come/first serve basis. Please wear short sleeves or clothing that allows easy access to your arm. Faculty please note that students will not receive class excuses; they will receive a hand stamp to prove vaccine was administered.

11/2/09: UWG Health Service had 69 swab-positive cases of flu for the campus during the week of October 26-30.

10/29/09: The H1N1 vaccine will be offered free to students, faculty, staff,  retirees, and family members of students, staff, and faculty Friday, October 30 from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the back door of  Health Services.  Please bring your UWG or other photo ID. This vaccination is highly recommended, especially for young adults, for those who have chronic medical problems, including diabetes, asthma, other respiratory conditions, and other illnesses that challenge the immune system; those who are pregnant; or those who care for small children. 

A note from Jill Hendricks, Patient Advocate of Health Services:

"Health Services has treated 60 positive influenza cases thus far this week alone. That does not include the many more who tested negative, but still meet the CDC criteria for influenza like illness.  Our lobby is once again full of sick students waiting to be seen this morning. The influenza test has a 30% false negative rate. Per CDC directives, individuals treated for any influenza like illness are advised NOT return to classes or work until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of medications such as Tylenol or Motrin. They are strongly encouraged to go home until they recover.

"The overwhelming majority of those who tested positive this week went to local clubs or attended private parties last weekend. As a holiday weekend approaches, we recommend staying away from parties or large social gatherings in tightly enclosed buildings right now since there are so many who are ill.  Those who have symptoms such as fever, coughing and body aches should be seen by a medical provider as soon as possible and self isolate to prevent exposing others."

10/21/09: UWG will be offering the H1N1 vaccine for students, staff and faculty on October 28 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (or until vaccine supply lasts) in the main lobby of the Coliseum. There is no charge for students, faculty or staff or the dependents of faculty and staff. Please note you must have your UWG staff or student ID on hand, and if a dependent of a faculty and staff member is planning on taking the vaccine, he or she must come with the UWG employee.  We have the H1N1 shot, but the H1N1 Flu Mist will also be available on a first come/first serve basis. Students: Class excuses will not be given; you will receive a hand stamp to prove vaccine was administered.

10/19/09: UWG Health Services reports low numbers of swab-positive cases of flu for the campus. During the week of October 12, there were 10 swab-positive cases reported.  

10/12/09: UWG Health Services reports low numbers of  swab-positive cases of flu for the campus. The week of October 5 there were 4 swab-positive cases reported by Health Services.

10/8/09: A note from Leslie Cottrell, MD, Medical Director of YWG Health Services—This week, the federal government is beginning their first shipments of H1N1 vaccine. Our university is the provider designated to vaccinate all students, faculty, staff and their dependents (ages 6 and over). Tom Mackel, as Emergency Preparedness Director, and I have heard a lot about this vaccine over the last several months and are very glad to offer this to the UWG community. Having seen many, many cases of the flu on our campus already, the opportunity to "increase our immunity" is, frankly, very exciting to Health Services. 

The CDC is recommending everyone receive this vaccination unless their "flu" was genetically determined to be H1N1 by the CDC (which is a process not being done since July 2009). So, even if you had "the flu,"  you need this vaccine. Persons allergic to eggs (with hives and asthma), or those persons who have had Guillain-Barre, are not recommended to have the vaccine. Pregnant women are strongly recommended to get the vaccine as influenza increases the risk of premature deliveries.

10/5/09: UWG Health Services reports low numbers of  swab-positive cases of flu for the campus. The week of Sept. 28 there were 3 swab-positive cases reported by Health Services.

9/28/09: UWG Health Services reports low numbers of  swab-positive cases of flu for the campus. The week of Sept. 21 there were 9 swab-positive cases reported by Health Services.

9/21/09: UWG Health Services reports low numbers of  swab-positive cases of flu for the campus.  The week of Sept. 7 there were 11 swab-positive cases reported by Health Services, and the week of Sept. 14 there were 4 swab-positive cases.

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