Four questions with Dr. Stephen Wintermeyer
September 15, 2015
"Four questions" is a feature in Inside IUPUI where we ask various faculty members and administrators four questions about their area of expertise. Today we featured Dr. Stephen Wintermeyer, the director of IUPUI Campus Health, discussing the importance of the flu vaccine program that has started again this fall.
1. Why is important to get a flu vaccine each fall?
On average, the flu causes over 200,000 hospitalizations and 24,000 deaths in the US each year. The flu vaccine is the very important tool in preventing flu cases and minimizing the impact of cases that do occur.
2. Who especially should get a vaccine?
In the United States, everyone over 6 months old is advised to get a flu vaccine, unless they have a history of a serious reaction to the flu vaccine or a component of it. Specific groups that should definitely get a flu shot are the following:
- Children older than six months.
- Parents and caregivers to young children.
- Adults 65 years of age or older.
- Individuals with chronic diseases.
3. How are other ways we can stay healthy during flu season?
Other important ways to stay healthy during flu season (and help others stay healthy) are the following:
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick, especially if you have a fever (temperatures above 100.4 degrees).
- Practice good hand hygiene by using soap or hand sanitizer frequently.
- Practice good cough etiquette by coughing into your sleeve, not onto your hands or into the air.
4. What other services are available to faculty and staff through Campus Health?
Campus Health offers the following services for students:
- Treatment of acute problems.
- Physical exams.
- Well-women examinations, including contraceptive counseling.
- Travel medicine visits for students studying abroad or traveling outside of school Immunizations.
- Tuberculosis screening for health care students and international students.
Campus Health offers the following services for faculty and staff:
- Travel medicine visits for faculty and staff traveling abroad on university business or for personal travel.