Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.
Flu symptoms can include:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
The best way to protect against the flu is to receive the flu vaccine each year.
Other preventive actions include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu
Texas A&M University students can schedule an appointment to receive a free flu vaccine online at shs.tamu.edu/appointments.
- TAMU Student ID
- *Health Insurance information
*While health insurance is not required to receive a flu vaccine, students are encouraged to provide SHS with a copy of their health insurance information. To expedite your appointment, please upload your insurance information to the Patient Portal in advance.
For students that do not have health insurance, or for charges that are not covered by insurance, SHS will cover the cost of the flu vaccine using our seasonal flu campaign funds (i.e., no cost to you).
While most people with flu only have mild illness, it is recommended that those who have flu stay home and avoid contact with others except to get medical care. If you are experiencing emergency warning signs of flu, seek medical care immediately.
Antiviral drugs may be a treatment option. Consult with your primary care provider if you think you may be sick with flu.