General Information for the 2012-2013 Flu Season

CURRENT STATUS

The University is experiencing a small number of isolated cases of the flu.

As you are probably aware, most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI). While there haven’t been many reported influenza (flu) cases in our Student Health Center, Armstrong officials continue to monitor the campus for the spread of the flu. The virus is typically spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

To Reduce the Impact of the Flu

All members of the university community are advised to take the following measures:
  • Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based cleaners, especially after you cough or sneeze
  • Sneeze into your bent elbow
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with others who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • If you have the flu, please stay at home or in your resident hall room

How do I know if I have flu symptoms?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
  • Fever (feverish chills)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness) 

Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks

Where can I receive a flu shot?

The Armstrong Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m.  Flu shots are available for $25 at time of service. The Student Health Center can provide documentation for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement purposes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Student Health Center at 912.961.5726.

For employees enrolled in Open Access POS plan, HSA Open Access POS plan or BlueChoice HMO, flu vaccines will be covered at 100% at an in-network provider’s office or at the local pharmacy.

Employees may go to their local pharmacy for their flu vaccine (i.e. Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens)! To be reimbursed, the employee will need to pay out-of pocket at the point of service and fax a copy of their receipt and member ID card to BCBSGa Bor dedicated fax line at 1-877-868-7950. A reimbursement check will be mailed to the employee’s home address on file at BCBSGa. 

As always, if the employee goes to their in-network doctor to get the flu vaccine, the claim will be filed for them and paid at 100%. If an employee goes to an out-of-network provider, the plan will pay according to the plan’s out-of-network benefits and not at 100%.

Visit the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia member portal opens a new window to see a list of in-network providers and local pharmacies.