Along with cooler temperatures and shorter days, the fall season brings runny noses, sneezing and bouts of coughing to campus. The annual flu season is approaching, and Campus Health Services is taking steps to prepare the University for this year’s strain of flu.
“It’s been a mild start so far at Campus Health Services. We haven’t been bombarded with tons of cases at this time,” Dr. Thevy Chai, a CHS physician specializing in student health and infection control, said. “That is pretty typical for October. November flu season usually peaks around January or February.”
While the peak of the season is still a few months away, CHS has been taking steps to ensure students and staff are prepared well in advance. The flu vaccine takes approximately two weeks to reach full effectiveness Dr. Chai said, so the sooner one gets the vaccine, the better.
Most of the steps being taken come in the form of a campus-wide information push.
“We always do kind of a flu campaign where we put out informational materials on our website and through our ActiviTV screens in our building and the Student Union,” said Michelle Camarena, CHS nursing supervisor. “The best thing we can do is get basic information out and tell people to get a flu shot.”