Flu season is here! Staying healthy during flu season is possible if you arm yourself with the right tools and knowledge for the fight. Check out the winning strategy below!
Get the Flu Vaccine
- Who should get the vaccine?: All Clemson Students
- Why get the flu shot?: Getting the flu vaccine is the BEST WAY to prevent the flu!
- Where can you get the vaccine?: Redfern Health Center
- When can you get the flu shot at Redfern?:
- Flu vaccine clinics will be held every Wednesday from 9–11 a.m. and 1:30–4:15 p.m., no appointment necessary
- You can also walk-in and get the flu vaccine through the Nurse’s Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30–11 a.m. and 1:30–4:15 p.m.
- How much does it cost?: Flu vaccines are $25 at Redfern *If you are enrolled in the Clemson University Student Health Insurance Plan, the flu shot is covered 100 percent.
After you get a flu shot, it takes a couple of weeks for your body to build up immunity against flu viruses, so ACT FAST and get vaccinated.
Additional Prevention Tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends the following to prevent the flu:
- Avoid close contact with sick persons
- Avoid touching face
- Wash hands frequently
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly and eat well
- Manage stress levels
SOMETIMES WHEN THE FLU WINS…
Even if you prepare yourself for the flu season fight, you may still get knocked out. If you find yourself with the following symptoms, it is time to throw in the towel and seek medical attention:
- Sore throat
- Runny and/or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Be mindful of the above symptoms in order to protect the health of others and to return yourself to top condition as soon as possible. If you contract the flu:
- Stay home and have minimal contact with others
- Maintain isolation at least 24 hours after symptoms are gone
- Wear a face-mask and/or cover coughs and sneezes with tissues if you must go out in public
- Seek medical attention if you develop severe symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe vomiting
FLU VACCINE MYTHS
- The flu shot might give me the flu. FALSE
- The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus. If you get the flu after getting the flu shot, you contracted the virus before the vaccine was effective
- It is better to get the flu than the flu vaccine. FALSE
- The seasonal flu is a serious illness. Prevention is important and recommended.
- I got the vaccine last year; I don’t need it every year. FALSE
- Even if the virus has not changed from the previous season, immune protection declines over time. Optimal protection requires yearly vaccination.