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Flu Vaccines:

Flu season is around the corner.  Protect yourself - and those around you by getting the flu shot.  Influenza (the flu) is a contagious disease caused by a virus.  It is spread by coughing, sneezing, or respiratory secretions.  Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting immunized. 

Flu shots will be offered  by CVS to students, faculty and staff on October 18th and October 26th from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm (or until we run out) at the Dining Commons.  Bring your insurance card for a free flu shot.  A free CVS coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase will be given when you receive a flu shot. 

The flu vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of the flu virus for the season.  Event if it does not prevent all incidents of the flu, it can make the illness less severe.  It may take up to two weeks to build immunity after you get the vaccine, so it is important to continue good health practices through the season.

Good Health Practices:

Frequent hand-washing with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer, coughing and sneezing into a tissue can prevent the spread of the virus.  Avoid touching your face as the virus is introduced into your body through the eyes, nose and mouth.  Wiping objects and surfaces with an antiseptic wipe can also help stop the spread of germs.  Ensuring you are eating well and getting a good night's sleep are important ways to help fight the flu and other viral infections.

If You Have Flu-like Symptoms:

Contact Health Services at 401-254-3156.  Anti-viral medications can shorten the duration of illness and/or decrease severity , but must be started within 48 hours of when symptoms start to be effective.  Avoid close contact with others.  Stay in your room until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever- reducing medications.  Drink lots of fluids.  If you live in the Residence Halls, a friend or roommate can bring you meals from Upper Commons. 

Educate Yourself About the Flu

How knowledgeable are you about the flu?  Check your Flu IQ. 

Free Anonymous HIV Testing:

AIDS Project Rhode Island licensed counselors will perform free anonymous HIV rapid testing on a walk in basis on September 18th, October 25th, and November 27th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Health Services.  No appointment is necessary.  It is an oral test.  No needles!  Results will be given the same night.  For most accurate results, refrain from eating, drinking or brushing your teeth 20 minutes before testing.  

Flyers will be posted throughout campus to advertise these events.