Flu Outreach Program
Influenza viruses circulate year-round, and flu outbreaks can occur at any time during a season or throughout the year. CDC recommends flu vaccination to prevent influenza. The seasonal flu vaccine is available at Student Health Services.
How to Prevent Flu
Get a flu vaccine
- CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important step in preventing influenza infection.
- Student Health Services now has the Seasonal Flu vaccine. It is available by appointment for students, faculty, and staff. The cost of the vaccine is $22.00. Students must have their UWF student ID, and faculty/staff must present their Nautilus card to receive services.
Reasons to get a flu vaccine
- Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
- Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults.
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- Flu vaccine protects you and your family.
- Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
- Other reasons why you should get a flu vaccine.
Stop the spread of germs
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
- If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
- Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
- Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Learn more: CDC Weekly Influenza Report