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Cougar Health Services September 2019

Be a Flu Fighter: Get your Flu Shot this Fall

WSU receives their flu vaccination

Flu season is approaching fast! Be a flu fighter and prevent the flu by getting your vaccine at one of our Flu Shot Fridays events.

It’s important that you get your flu shot early in the season. After getting a flu vaccine, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop the antibodies that will protect you from flu virus.

Flu Shot Fridays

Every Friday from September 27 to October 25 + additional outreach Nov. 1
9 AM to 3 PM
Washington Building, ground floor entrance

WSU students, faculty, and staff can get their flu shots at Flu Shot Fridays. However, we won’t be able to give the vaccine to those who are pregnant or under age 18.

Cost

Flu shots are covered in full by most insurance plans. If you don’t have insurance or are concerned about costs, we’re here to help you! Contact our billing office at 509-335-3575.

Make sure to bring your insurance card! We won’t be taking payment at the time of the services for Flu Shot Fridays, but we’ll take down your insurance information for billing.

Washington Building Map

Parking options

We’ll have some parking spaces reserved in the green lot at Stadium Way and SE Nevada St. for Flu Shot Fridays. Reserved spaces will be marked with orange cones. Metered parking spots are available on NE Washington St.

There are also a number of zoned parking lots available nearby for permit holders. For a detailed parking map, visit Transportation Services. Our building is also easily accessible via public transit. Visit Pullman Transit for routes and schedules.

Can’t make it to Flu Shot Friday?

Unable to make it to a Flu Shot Friday or want your shot sooner? Students can schedule an appointment with our medical clinic to get their flu shot by calling 509-335-3575.

 

Measles Vaccine Outreach

Cougar Health Services is hosting a Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) outreach on September 19th from 9 AM – 3 PM for students who have not met the immunization requirement. No appointment is necessary; there will be 300 doses of vaccine available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Map of Cougar Health Services building

Visit room G41 on the Health Promotion side of the building to receive your vaccine. Please note that anyone who is pregnant or expecting to become pregnant within the next month will not be eligible to receive the vaccine.

If you are unable to attend the MMR outreach, you may schedule an appointment at Cougar Health Services Monday through Friday. Call 509-335-3575 or, schedule an appointment online at https://healthweb.wsu.edu/

You can also learn more about the measles immunization requirement here. 

Vaping-associated Pulmonary Illness

As of December 4, 2019, 2,291 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products have been reported to CDC. This includes 48 deaths. No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified; therefore the lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure. The CDC’s investigation has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases. Please consider not using e-cigarette products.

If you vape and you experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly. Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A pulmonary infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, which have generally not improved with antibiotic treatment alone. Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:

  • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • fatigue, fever, or weight loss

Regardless of the ongoing investigation young adults should not use e-cigarette products.

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for teens and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

Additional information can be found on the CDC website. 

Those experiencing symptoms or who have questions about their health should contact their healthcare provider. Pullman students can contact Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575 or schedule an appointment at https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/appointments/

Help prevent the spread of lice

If you, or one of your close contacts, is experiencing symptoms of lice, you should be treated immediately. This does not require an appointment with a medical professional. All infested persons including household members and close contacts as well as their bedmates should be treated at the same time, if possible.

Consider treatment if you have:

  • Shared a bed with someone who has lice
  • Shared a hat, scarf, coat, clothes, hair ribbon, or barrettes
  • Had sex with someone with lice
  • Been in close contact with someone with lice

Lice treatment is available over the counter at the Cougar Health Services pharmacy, or at most local stores like Walmart, Rite Aid and grocery stores. In addition to treatment, the Center for Disease Control recommends taking the following steps and precautions if you or someone in your home has been infested with lice:

  • Wash and Dry in Hot Temperatures. Hats, scarves, pillowcases, bedding, clothing, and towels worn or used by the infested person in the 2-day period before treatment is started, can be machine washed and dried using hot water and hot air cycles. Lice and eggs are killed by exposure of 5 minutes in temperatures greater than 53.5°C (128.3°F).
  • Store and Seal in Plastic Bags. Items that cannot be laundered may be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks.
  • Disinfect. Disinfect combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do Not Share. Items such as hats, grooming aids, and towels that come in contact with the hair of an infested person should not be shared.
  • Vacuum and Clean. Vacuuming furniture and floors can remove infested persons’ hairs that might have viable nits attached.
  • Perform a Head Lice Check. Research video tutorials on how to perform a head lice check. Share videos with peers.

If you have concerns about a skin condition or reactions to treatment, please contact the Cougar Health Services medical clinic at 509-335-3575.