Cold & Flu Prevention

A cold or flu can hit you at the most inopportune time, potentially resulting in academic set-backs. Washing your hands frequently and getting a flu vaccine are the best ways to prevent the flu.

Flu season typically starts in October and can continue until May; however, seasonal flu is known to peak during January and February. While the common cold can occur at any point during the year, it typically peaks in winter months as well due to the increased time spent indoors.

**Note** 
You should see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following: difficulty breathing or chest pain, persistent fever, vomiting or inability to keep fluids down, painful swallowing and persistent coughing, congestion, or headache.
Please call (773) 702-4156 to make an appointment at Student Health Services.

Health Promotion and Wellness would like to support you in your fight against the cold and flu! We hope that the following pages will help you identify self-care methods and resources that you can utilize to prevent these troublesome infectious diseases.

Upcoming Programs
Our free flu vaccination program will return in Fall 2014, check back for updates. 

Common Cold and Flu Q&A
*How can I prevent the spread of the Flu?
*What is the best protection against the flu?
*What are the symptoms of the flu?
How do I treat the flu?

Additional Cold & Flu Prevention Resources
Flu.gov
Centers for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Ask Alice