Student Health Services

Flu Information

Updated: January 2015

The Centers for Disease Control has published the 2014-2015 recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. Flu activity is epidemic across the United States now. It usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peaks between January and March. It is not too late to get your flu shot. 

It takes two weeks to build up immunity from the vaccine, so get it soon!

  • Self-isolate in their room, avoiding all common areas, especially the dining hall. 
  • Contact their RA to make arrangements for food and fluids to be delivered to their room.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Wear a mask when using shared bathrooms. Supplies are available in each residence.
  • Keep in frequent contact with family.
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever greater than 104◦F that cannot be reduced with by fever-reducing medicines
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Severe chest or abdominal pain 
With a strong community effort we hope to have a healthy start to the semester.  

More Information

You can also read this Flu & You pamphlet (pdf) and learn more about the flu (influenza).