Student Health 101
January 6, 2014
Winter influenza season has arrived across the United States. University Health Services has posted information across campus for students and faculty/staff members with details about preparations for the flu at Western Carolina University – and how to avoid coming down with the flu.
The North Carolina Department of Public Health collects data from physicians, hospitals
and county health departments across the state, and has noted the beginning of a spike
in the number of cases of flu or flu-like symptoms in patients over the past two weeks.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's flu division have
characterized the current flu season as "typical."
The season usually begins in the winter months and peaks in January or February. The most common type of flu this year has been H1N1 variety, which is a strain covered by this year's flu vaccine.
University Health Services staff did see several cases of flu before the end of the fall semester, and expects to see an increase in flu activity in the WCU community as everyone arrives back on campus after the holiday break. Students, faculty and staff are reminded that the first defense against flu is to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Contact University Health Services for information regarding the availability of the vaccine.
Regular updates will be made to this site when any new information becomes available. Information regarding flu activity in NC can be found at http://www.flu.nc.gov/, and information regarding flu activity nationally can be found at flu.gov and the CDC flu website.
Director, University Health Services