Get your free flu shot at the Health Center.
Here are some common misconceptions about the flu:
- Young adults are not vulnerable. False! While people 65 and older are more susceptible, every age is vulnerable.
- You can get the flu from the flu vaccine. False! The most common side effects are a sore arm and perhaps some swelling.
- You only need to get it once in your life. False! The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine.
Getting vaccinated yourself protects the people around you!
Minimizing your chances of contracting influenza this year is one of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy and help prevent our community’s COVID-19 medical resources from becoming depleted.
Students, getting your flu shots has never been more important.
SMU is providing students with free flu vaccinations while supplies last. Flu shot clinics are planned during late September and October. In addition, flu shots are always available at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.
Check back and watch your email for the most up-to-date information about on-campus vaccine availability.
Free flu shots are also available at Walgreens, Kroger, Costco, CVS and CVS-Target pharmacies with your student or family health insurance.
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.
- 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.