Flu

Prevention & CareUNH Flu Vaccination Clinic for Students on October 7th

Influenze (the flu) is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, or respiratory secretions. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting immunized. Students and UNH employees have access to the flu vaccine through Health Services. You can also prevent the spread of the flu by taking care of yourself when you are sick. 

Vaccination Clinic | Students

A flu clinic is offered for UNH students every fall semester, generally in October. Follow @unhhealth on social for updates.

  • October 5, 2016
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Hamel Recreation Center (HRC)
  • Vaccinations will be administered by UNH Nursing students
  • Free for students who have paid their mandatory health fee - BRING YOUR STUDENT ID! 
    • Generally, mandatory fees are paid by degree students who are enrolled in five or more credit hours
    • The vaccine is $25 for those who have not paid the mandatory health fee
  • RSVP to the Facebook event for reminders

Vaccination Appointment | Students

The flu vaccine is offered at no cost for students who have paid the mandatory fees. In general, mandatory fees are paid by degree students enrolled in five or more credit hours. The vaccine is $25 for students who have not paid the mandatory fees.  

Vaccination Appointment | Employees & Dependents 18+

Flu vaccines are available at the Employee Clinic. There is no out-of-pocket cost to USNH employees or their dependents (age 18 and older) that are Harvard Pilgrim subscribers through USNH who present a valid HPHC card at the clinic. The claim for the cost of the vaccination ($25) will be submitted directly to Harvard Pilgrim.

For employees not insured through the USNH Harvard-Pilgrim employee plan, Health Services can submit a claim to your insurance company; please bring your insurance id card to your visit. You should check with your insurance company prior to your visit to ensure that they will cover the cost if you receive your vaccination at Health Services. If you do not have insurance, the cost is $25 and is due at time of service. We accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

 


If You're Sick, Follow These Tips 

 

Limit Your Exposure to Others

  • If you already have the flu, we want to encourage you to stay home until you are feeling better. Remain home until 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
  • If you are unable to stay home, please remain in your place of residence (residence hall room, apartment, etc.). You should not go to classes, work, dining halls or participate in social activities.  Avoid close contact with others.
  • Contact your faculty to let them know you are ill. Health Services does not provide doctor’s notes to verify illness or to confirm that students can return to class.

Take Care of Yourself

  • Get plenty of sleep and rest. When you're awake drink one 8 oz. of clear fluids (water, broth, sports drinks) each hour. 
  • Eat well and ask your friends, family or RA to help you get meals so you that you can rest.
  • If you have a sore throat, gargle with 1/2 tsp. salt in 4 oz. warm water and increase humidity with a vaporizer/humidifier.
  • Consider taking acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. These medications will help to lower a fever and reduce headaches and body aches.  Adolescents should avoid aspirin when they have the flu because it can cause Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
  • If you have a cough, consider taking medication with an expectorant and cough suppressant. You can also use cough drops or throat lozenges for symptom relief.
  • Remember, the flu is a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics.  Also, antiviral medication is usually not recommended.
  • Download the self-care guide.

Seek Immediate Medical Care if You Have Any of the Following Symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Recurring dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever or worse cough

If you have a chronic health condition and are experiencing influenza-like illness, or if symptoms worsen, please call (603) 862-2856.

When Health Services is Closed 

If you are not feeling well when Health Services is closed, please call (603) 862-WELL (9355) and press 2. You will be automatically connected to a medical call center, where staff will conduct a phone assessment, and make suggestions for additional care options, including a possible visit to an urgent care center or hospital.  

Preventing Seasonal Flu and Colds at UNH 

Wash Hands with Soap AND Water

  • You can pick up germs/viruses through shaking hands, touching doorknobs, phones, computers, etc.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs/viruses.
  • Wash all surfaces of your hands thoroughly (fingers, between fingers, palms, back of hands and wrists) with soap and water.
  • Wash Your Hands 

Cover Your Cough 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, your elbow or shoulder when coughing or sneezing.
  • Dispose of your tissues properly.

Don't Share 

  • Don’t share towels, eating utensils, toothbrushes, drinking glasses or other items that may spread germs.
  • Even if someone is not sick at the time of sharing, he or she may still be contagious for flu or cold that can develop into symptoms the next day.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth

  • Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Take Care of Yourself 

  • Eat healthy meals, manage stress, get enough sleep and get your body moving.  

Avoid Close Contact 

  • As much as possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Educate Yourself About the Seasonal Flu