SMU Flu Preparedness


Students, Faculty and Staff are advised to get flu shots

Flu Prevention PosterSMU health officials urge students, faculty and staff to take preventive measures to protect their health against the flu. Because flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, SMU health officials recommend getting a flu shot when they become available in the fall.
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Flu shots at SMU

The Dr. Bob Smith Health Center offers free flu shots to SMU students, while supplies last. Students are asked to bring their SMU IDs to the Health Center, which will provide shots during normal operating hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Students without an appointment may experience a wait. Call 214-768-2141.

SMU also offers free flu shots during fall clinics for students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses. Fall clinics are announced by email and on the Health Center website.

If a student has an emergency


Not sure if you have the flu, a cold or allergies? Review descriptions of the symptoms.

To avoid catching the flu:

  • Get a flu shot. They are our best prevention and they are available for students on campus.
  • Avoid fatigue and get plenty of rest to keep your immune system working at its best.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.). Consider carrying hand sanitizer with you.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you become sick, stay home. Do not infect others.
  • Seek medical care if you have acute symptoms such as body aches, cough and/or a fever of more than 100.5.

What you need to know and do:

  • If you have flu or flu-like symptoms, stay home and have only limited contact with others who are not sick. Persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms should not return to class or work until they no longer have fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Monitor your health by checking fever and other flu symptoms. Symptoms of flu usually include fever with cough or sore throat, and sometimes runny nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Recognize whether a student, roommate, staff or faculty member is at high risk for severe illness from flu. People at higher risk for flu complications include pregnant women, persons who have chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, cancer or heart disease) and people age 65 years and older.
  • Students, faculty, staff, or retirees who have the flu or flu-like symptoms should consult a healthcare provider.
  • Students with the flu should e-mail their professors as soon as possible and let them know they have the flu. Read the policy on absences from class.
  • If you get worse after being on the medication for three or four days, go back to the Health Center or to a physician to have your lungs rechecked to make sure you have not developed a secondary infection.

If students need assistance after hours

  • Visit a local clinic:
    • QuestCare, 3414 Milton in Snider Plaza, is open Mondays-Fridays from 8a.m. to 8p.m., Saturdays-Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 214-989-3905.
    • PrimaCare, 6350 E. Mockingbird Lane, is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 214-828-0448.
  • Also see Dr. Bob Smith Health Center after-hours care list
  • See a private physician.
  • Faculty and staff are urged to contact their healthcare providers.

To order meals for pickup by a friend

Resident students who have flu-like symptoms may order meals by phone from Arnold Dining Commons or Lee and have a friend pick up the meals from the location. Students may order food off the menu of the day, including soup. Students should provide their name and ID number when calling. The meals will be deducted from their meal plan. To order a meal, students may call Arnold (214-768-2377 or 214-768-2344) or Lee (214-768-3922).