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Confirmed Cases of Flu

August 25, 2017

Dear Campus Community,

Confirmed cases of influenza (flu) have been identified in the TCU community. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu illness can vary from mild to severe, and flu viruses are thought to be passed from person to person by contact with respiratory droplets, which can spread when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks.

The first and best way to protect against flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine. The TCU Health Center will provide free flu vaccines for students, faculty and staff next week. Emails will be sent to the campus community regarding flu vaccine clinics at the TCU Health Center. In the meantime, flu vaccines can be purchased at local pharmacies such as Tom Thumb, Kroger, Albertsons, CVS and Walgreens.

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience flu-like symptoms, visit a health care provider. Individuals should not attend class until they are fever-free for 24 hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the TCU Health Center at 817-257-7940.  You may find more information about flu on the Tarrant County Public Health website:  http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/disease-control—prevention/flu-updates.html.

 

Sincerely,
Jane Torgerson, MD
Medical Director, TCU Health Center

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