The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It is spread between people, when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
According to Flu.Gov, approximately 5 - 20 % of US residents get the flu each year. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May, often peaking in January or February. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself (and your loved ones) from the flu:
- Everyone, 6 months of age and older, should get vaccinated against the flu
- ECU Students can get their flu shot (no appointment necessary) from Student Health Services on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 8 am - 10 am. If you cannot make that time, call 328-6841 to schedule an appointment. Visit the Student Health Center's website for more information.
- ECU Employees can get their flu shot (no appointment necessary) at the ECU Pharmacy clinics, which run from 9 am - 4pm (just bring your insurance card).
Students, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have questions/concerns regarding the seasonal flu, contact Student Health Services at (252) 328-6841.
Faculty and staff, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have questions/concerns regarding the seasonal flu, contact Prospective Health at (252) 744-2070.
Student Health Services and ECU Physicians are treating this seasonal flu outbreak with emphasis on good hand washing practices and masking of coughing patients. Their procedures may change based on the information provided by state and local health officials. The CDC has more information on their flu webpage.