Flu Information for the UCSD Community
February 15, 2013 9:16:50 AM PST
Get tips on reducing the spread of seasonal flu (influenza).
2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine information
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against 3 influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. This year’s vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1 (swine flu), and 2 other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus). The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year.
While the H1N1 virus used to make the 2012-2013 flu vaccine is the same virus that was included in the 2011-2012 vaccine, the recommended influenza H3N2 and B vaccine viruses are different from those in the 2011-2012 influenza vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere.
About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone this year
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older to receive the seasonal flu vaccination. In February 2010, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted in favor of "universal" influenza vaccination in the United States to protect as many people as possible against the flu. Options for getting a flu shot are described below.
Faculty and staff enrolled in UC-sponsored health plans
Find a public flu shot clinic
Other ways to reduce the spread of flu
- Don't spread germs:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
- Post these printout in your workplace:
- Read What You Should Know for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season.
- Practice good health habits:
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Be physically active.
- Manage your stress.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat nutritious food.
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Learn to recognize common flu symptoms
- High fever (102° – 104°F)
- General aches and pains
- Extreme tiredness
- Chest discomfort or cough
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (more common among children than adults)
What to do if you get sick
- Stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
- Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and check with a health care provider, as needed.
- Some people are more likely to get flu complications (for example young children, people 65 and older, people with asthma, diabetes, or pregnant women); they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms. Also, it's possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu, so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.
- Refer to the CDC The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick web page for more information.
- Faculty and staff: Contact your doctor or medical professional.
- Students: Contact Student Health Service, (858) 534-3300.
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