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Flu Preparedness

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

If you get the flu, stay home, contact your health care provider, and make sure you are better before returning to campus.

Signs and Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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Flu season is October-May. During these unprecedented times, you should still receive your Flu Vaccine. Medgar Evers College campus is close due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Office of Health Services is unable to administrator Flu Vaccines. You can still receive your Flu Vaccine at your local pharmacy and doctor’s office. If you need further assistance go to the website for other options