Flu season: We’re not out of the woods

February 7, 2018

By Jackie Todd, Office of University Relations

Each flu season is different. This season, the flu appears to be widespread with activity in nearly every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

At Clemson, officials report approximately 660 students have been diagnosed with flu at Redfern since Oct 1, 2017.

While the Joseph A. Sullivan Center did not provide an exact number, officials said that the clinic’s staff are seeing a number of flu-like symptom cases each day.

Prevention is the best way to avoid catching the flu. An important preventive measure is to get the flu vaccine.

Flu shots for employees and community members are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Joseph F. Sullivan Center located on campus at 101 Edwards Hall. Faculty and staff who are covered by the State Health Plan can get a free flu shot (one per year) from network pharmacies and health care providers.

Student Health Services offers the seasonal flu vaccine at Redfern Health Center with no appointment necessary. Students can walk in and get the flu vaccine through the Nurse’s Clinic Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:15 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. The cost is $25.

Further information and advice about seasonal influenza is available on the Redfern Health Center website. The CDC also offers information and tips.

–with George W. Clay, DHA, Executive Director, Student Health Services

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