The Medical Clinic at LCU is working to help prevent and minimize the spread of the flu on campus. Hand sanitizers have been placed in high-traffic areas around campus, helpful tips are posted around campus, and the Medical Clinic staff is working closely with the Residence Life department to prepare and respond to the flu. LCU plans to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control in handling any type of the flu.
Action Steps for Students, Faculty and Staff to Prevent the Spread of Flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 4 main ways to avoid the flu:
Regular Flu Shots
Medical Clinic Mailing Address:
5601 19th St.
Lubbock, Texas 79407
Q. What steps can students, faculty and staff take to stay healthy and keep from spreading the flu?
Students, faculty and staff should take personal responsibility to help slow the spread of the flu virus. By practicing these steps, you can avoid the flu and help protect others from getting it.
Q. Who should receive a flu vaccination?
Everyone is encouraged to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, which is currently available at the LCU Medical Clinic. Children 6 months through 18 years of age, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes), and everyone age 50 and older should be vaccinated against seasonal flu as early as possible.
The 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine should be available in the fall. We recommend those at higher risk for complications get the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine when it first becomes available.
Q. Will LCU provide vaccinations for seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu?
The seasonal flu vaccination is currently available through the LCU Medical Clinic. The LCU Medical Clinic is working with local public health partners to have on-site vaccination clinics for the 2009 H1N1 flu when it becomes available in the fall. Check this page regularly for updates on vaccine availability dates and clinic hours. Information about 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination can be found at: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination. Information about seasonal flu vaccine can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.
Q. What are the symptoms of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 flu?
Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting.
Q. How do I know if someone has seasonal flu or the 2009 H1N1 flu?
It will be very difficult to tell if someone who is sick has 2009 H1N1 flu rather than the seasonal flu. The treatments for the 2009 H1N1 flu and seasonal flu will be the same even after the 2009 H1N1 vaccine becomes available this fall. We will notify students as soon as we confirm the date of arrival for the vaccine. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend testing to determine if flu cases are the 2009 H1N1 flu or the regular seasonal flu because the vaccine is not available and the treatment is the same. Therefore, we are taking steps to prevent the spread of any kind of flu on campus. We are working closely with the local health department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution.
Q. What steps will LCU take to keep sick students, faculty and staff from spreading flu?
LCU is following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control during current flu conditions. We are: