Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Administration
Health Services administered season flu vaccines to students, faculty, and staff during the annual Health Fair on October 1, 2013, and at flu clinics held during the month of October.
Currently, Health Services has exhausted its supply of flu vaccine, but flu shots are available at local pharmacies and grocery stores in the Bronxville area (see list below).
Symptoms of Influenza
Seasonal influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that presents with the following symptoms:
- Sudden onset of fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches/pains
- Lack of energy
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea
What You Can Do
In order to stay healthy and prevent the spread of influenza on our campus, we offer the following recommendations:
- Obtain the seasonal flu vaccine.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your arm/elbow. Do not sneeze/cough into your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap/water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following self care for people who experience influenza symptoms:
- Stay home/out of school (self isolate) for at least 24 hours after you are free of fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit) without the use of fever reducing medication.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink clear fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Don’t share eating utensils, cups, or dishes and cleanse them in a dishwasher or hot soapy water.
- Throw away tissues in the trash. Wash hands after touching used tissues.
- Wash hands in soap and water often, especially after coughing and sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
In addition to the self care recommendations listed above, people experiencing influenza symptoms should:
- Take medication for symptom relief as needed. For fever and pain, use acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) and cough medicine. Do not give take aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) or products that contain aspirin (e.g. Pepto-Bismol) if you are 18 years old or younger.
- Seek emergency care for complications including:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
More information can be found at the following Web sites:
Local Flu Shot Availability (2013-2014)
114 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, NY
24 West Grand Street, Mt. Vernon, NY
18 Fleetwood Plaza, 850 Bronx River Road, Yonkers, NY
80 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville NY
(Call for availability)
500 East Sandford Blvd., Mt. Vernon, NY
370 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY
870 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY
Stop and Shop
111 Vredenburg Avenue, Yonkers, NY
(Cross County Shopping Center)