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Important Flu Information

Posted on January 11, 2013

Dear Wheaton Parent,

An early and severe flu season is upon us in Massachusetts with more than 6000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu reported statewide.

According to Dr. Melinda Wharton, Acting Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, “Increasing flu activity should be a wake-up call. For anyone who has put off vaccination: It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine.”

Because good health is a foundation of academic success, I strongly urge you to consider having your student vaccinated before arriving on campus later this month. The flu vaccine provides immunity approximately 2 weeks after administration so time is of the essence. Have your student vaccinated now!

Contact your student's health care provider, or community health center or local pharmacy to receive a flu shot.

Besides getting vaccinated, there are other steps that you and your student can take to prevent the spread of the flu.  These include frequent hand washing with soap and warm water, covering a cough or sneeze with a sleeve rather than the hands, and staying home from work or classes if sick.

More information about influenza and the flu vaccine is available at cdc.gov/flu and mass.gov/flu.

Please refer to Wheaton's flu advisory pages to find out more about flu prevention and care, including a symptom check-list and an anonymous Flu Survey:  http://wheatoncollege.edu/health/flu-information/.

Take good care,
Cynthia Maricle

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