Students, Faculty and Staff are advised to get flu
The flu season usually arrives in North Texas in October, with most cases occurring in January or February. SMU
health officials urge students, faculty and staff to take preventive
measures to protect their health. Because flu can spread by contact
with people who are ill, SMU health officials recommend getting a flu shot when they become available in the fall.
SMU 2015-16 flu shot schedule
SMU offers free flu shots for all SMU students, as well as benefit eligible
faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses — while supplies last. Students are
asked to bring their SMU IDs to the Health Center.
The Health Center's normal operating hours,
when flu shots will be available, are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through
Fridays; students without an appointment may experience a wait. Flu shots
also will be offered during immunization clinics.
If a student has an emergency
Not sure if you have the flu, a cold or allergies?
Review descriptions of the symptoms.
To avoid catching the flu:
- Get a flu shot. They are our best prevention and they are available for
students on campus.
- Avoid fatigue
and get plenty of rest to keep your immune system working at its
- Wash your hands
with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially
after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.).
Consider carrying hand sanitizer with you.
- Cover your mouth
when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your
- Avoid contact
with people who are sick.
- If you become sick, stay home. Do not infect
medical care if you have acute symptoms such as body aches, cough and/or a fever of more than 100.5.
What you need to know and do:
- If you have flu or flu-like symptoms, stay home and have only limited
contact with others who are not sick. Persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms
should not return to class or work until they no longer have fever for at
least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Monitor your health by checking fever and other flu symptoms. Symptoms
of flu usually include fever with cough or sore throat, and sometimes runny
nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
- Resident students who wish to obtain a meal may do so by contacting Tammie Henderson (214-802-8973 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) for later
pick up at the dining hall at Umphrey Lee. Those picking up meals must have
ill the student’s SMU ID card.
- Recognize whether a student, roommate, staff or faculty member is at
high risk for severe illness from flu. People at higher risk for flu
complications include pregnant women, persons who have chronic medical
conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, cancer or heart disease) and people
age 65 years and older.
Students, faculty, staff, or retirees who have the flu or flu-like symptoms
should consult a healthcare provider.
- Students with the flu should e-mail their professors as soon as possible and let them know they
have the flu, or they may call the
Office of the Dean of Student Life for
assistance at 214-768-4564.
Read the policy on absences from class.
- If you get worse after being on the medication for three or four days, go back to the Health Center
or to a physician to have your lungs rechecked to make sure you have not
developed a secondary infection.
If students need assistance after hours
- Visit a local clinic:
- QuestCare, 3414
Milton in Snider Plaza, is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 214-368-4822.
PrimaCare, 6350 E. Mockingbird Lane, is open
Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and
Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call
- See a private physician.
- Faculty and staff are urged to contact their healthcare providers.
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