Dear Georgia Southern Students, Parents, Faculty & Staff,
I want to take this opportunity to inform you via the information below of health-related issues across the state, nation, and internationally, that we are continuing to monitor. Thank you for taking the time to consider the information below. I will send out updates on these and other issues as they become available. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
Brian M. DeLoach, M.D.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot each year. You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later. Get your flu shot from Health Services Pharmacy or at one of our flu shot clinics.
Zika is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Sexual transmission has also been documented. The primary concern regarding Zika is that the virus can cause a birth defect called microcephaly in a developing fetus. The CDC continues to have a Level 2 Travel Alert in place for areas in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. A Level 2 Alert indicates that the CDC is recommending that travelers to those areas practice enhanced safety precautions. For more information about Zika, including specific recommendations for persons traveling to or returning from a Zika-affected area, see https://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Last updated: 10/3/2017