Flu season in this region of the U.S. typically runs from January to March. The flu is easily contagious. Unlike a cold, the flu tends to start suddenly with severe symptoms, and can cause serious illness. Everyday actions like frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbows, and avoiding close contact with others if you, or they, are ill, significantly prevents the spread of illness. Disinfecting shared workspaces and commonly touched items like doorknobs, faucets, phones, keyboards, earbuds and mouthpieces are among the best preventative measures you can take to avoid illness and stop the spread of flu.
We encourage all members of the campus community to receive a flu shot (vaccine) every year to prevent the spread of illness on our campus. We hold flu vaccine clinics every fall at the Schacht Center. Persons over 65 may get a high-dose formula of vaccine at their PCP office or retail pharmacy.