Student Health Services provides health care designed to address short-term acute illnesses and injuries, provide screening and prevention of communicable diseases, and to assist students in managing their health conditions. Over the counter medications and supplies (such as acetaminophen, condoms, and band-aids) are available during office hours free of charge. Most services are free, some have minimal charges

Available Services

Calling for an appointment ahead of time is always preferred, though same-day and walk-in appointments are available.

  • Accidents & Injuries
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Coughs & Colds
  • Depression Screening
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Health Education and Information
  • Immunizations: Flu, Hep B, Tdap
  • Minor Illnesses
  • Morning After Pill (emergency contraception)
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Physical Exams
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Skin Rashes
  • TB Testing
  • Urinary Tract Infections

Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) and the Flu Vaccine

What is influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs and symptoms of flu:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults are.

*It is important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How flu spreads:

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, eyes, or possibly their nose.

Period of contagiousness:

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

How serious is the flu?

Flu is unpredictable and severity can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:

  • what flu viruses are spreading
  • how much flu vaccine is available,
  • when vaccine is available
  • how many people get vaccinated
  • how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness

Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

Complications of flu:

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Prevent seasonal flu: get vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Student Health Services is currently administering a quadrivalent flu vaccine.

When to get vaccinated against seasonal flu:

Yearly flu vaccination should begin soon after flu vaccine is available, and ideally by October. However being vaccinated even later can be protective, as long as flu viruses are circulating.  While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.

Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.

Who should not be vaccinated against seasonal flu?

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people. Factors that can determine a person's suitability for vaccination, or vaccination with a particular vaccine, include a person's age, health (current and past) and any relevant allergies, including an egg allergy.

last published: 3/26/18