Protect Yourself and Others from the Flu
- Take the time to get your flu vaccine. The Student Wellness Centre offers a flu shot clinic, or if you have missed the date, you can book a medical appointment.
- Take preventative actions to stop the spread of germs.
The Student Wellness Centre offers a flu shot clinic each year, once the new vaccine has been released by Public Health. The clinic is typically offered in late October or November. Please check back for the date and time.
You will need to bring the following to MUSC B101 to receive your flu vaccination:
- Student ID
- Health card
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
The symptoms of the flu and the common cold can be very similar but, unlike a case of the common cold, the flu can lead to serious health problems like pneumonia. Use this chart to help determine if you have a cold or the flu.
|Fever||Rare||Common, high (102°F – 104°F or 39°C – 40°C)
Starts suddenly, lasts 3 to 4 days
Not everyone with the flu gets a fever
|General aches and pains||Sometimes, mild||Common, often severe|
|Muscle aches||Sometimes, usually mild||Often, can be severe|
|Feeling tired and weak||Sometimes, mild||Common, may last 2 to 3 weeks or more|
|Fatigue (extreme tiredness)||Unusual||Common, starts early|
|Complications||Can lead to sinus congestion or earache||Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure, worsen a current chronic respiratory condition, be life-threatening|
|Chest discomfort and/or coughing||Sometimes, mild to moderate||Common, can become severe|