Flu Facts: What to do if you think you have the flu

Flu Facts
The flu is a viral respiratory illness.
You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine (shot).
It is still advisable to get the vaccine even though it takes two weeks to build immunity from the shot.
You may still get the flu even if you have had the flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are available at Walgreens (formerly Rite Aid). CALL FIRST (413)458-2138.
Flu vaccines are available at Stop & Shop Pharmacy on a walk-in basis.
BRING YOUR INSURANCE CARD TO THE PHARMACY WITH YOU IF YOU PLAN ON GETTING A VACCINE.
Keep your hands washed, do not share drinks/utensils/lip products, cough into your inner elbow.

If you think you have the flu-
Please call the Health Center (413)597-2206, to speak with a nurse.
If you believe you have the flu, and are immunocompromised, take Humira, Enbrel, Dupixent, etc., or have a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, or another chronic health condition, call and schedule an appointment with the MD or NP.
If you have a fever over 100.5, you should not be attending class or sports practice, until you are fever free for 24 hours without taking NSAIDs.
As with any viral illness, antibiotics are not helpful and have the potential to harm your protective microbiome. Misuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance.
Symptomatic treatment is advised: NSAIDs (Tylenol, ibuprofen) for fever and achiness, extra fluids, and extra rest.
Send a friend to get you food by utilizing The To-Go Food List for Students with a Severe Illness under Quick Forms on the Dining Services webpage.