Flu Information

FLU Shots are currently available at the Student Health Center.

Free for students, $15.00 for Faculty and Staff.

What should I know about the influenza vaccine?

The flu vaccine is typically available October through March at the Student Health Center. CSU Stanislaus students, staff, and faculty are eligible to receive the flu vaccine at the Student Health Center. Flu shots are free for students; $15.00 for faculty and staff.

Who should get the Flu vaccine?

Any one who wishes to reduce the risk of getting seasonal infuenza should consider vaccination. The following groups of people are strongly encouraged to consider FLU vaccination:

  • People 24 years old and younger
  • Pregnant women
  • People caring for, or living with an infant under 6 months old
  • Healthcare workers such as nursing students or emergency medical personnel
  • Medical conditions that confer a higher risk for influenza-related complications include chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus) and immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus).

How to Stay Healthy

Taking simple precautions is the best way to avoid getting the flu. These precautions include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If no tissue is available, cover your cough by coughing or sneezing into your shoulder or elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective. See this hand washing video for more information.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Get the seasonal flu vaccination when available.
  • Get enough rest. Maintain good nutrition and hydration.

The following are common flu symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Rapid onset of illness
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea and Vomiting

What do I do if I think I have the flu?

Most people with the flu will recover without needing to seek medical attention. The following self-care advice should help you cope with the flu:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being dehydrated
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often and especially after using tissues and after coughing or sneezing into hands
  • Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick. Do not go to work or school while ill
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

What do I do if my roommate/family member has the flu?

Continue to follow flu prevention guidelines including washing your hands. Monitor yourself for symptoms including a fever. Follow the flu self-care guidelines listed below if you have flu-like symptoms.

When do I need to seek medical attention?

If you experience flu-like symptoms and you are pregnant or in an at-risk group (diabetes, asthma, and other chronic medical conditions) call the Student Health Center promptly at (209) 667-3396. Mild-to-moderate flu symptoms are often managed fine at home.

Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Severe dizziness or weakness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

For more comprehensive information about the flu, go to: