Flu vaccination clinics are concluded for the current academic year. However, you can still make an appointment with Health Services to receive a flu shot. Call 848-932-7402 or use the Online Patient Portal, nbstudenthealthportal.rutgers.edu.
Get An Annual Flu Shot
Getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu. Getting vaccinated is especially important for people who are at high risk of infection, such as students (who live and study in crowded areas), healthcare workers, those who smoke, those over 50, children under 2 years of age, and those with weakened immune systems (e.g.,due to recent illness). The CDC currently recommends flu vaccination for everyone.
Since the strain of the flu virus changes every year, annual vaccines are needed. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in your body that protect you against the flu, so make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall, before flu season begins.
View the CDC’s flu fact sheet and Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) here.
Know the Signs and Symptoms
It’s easy to mistake a cold for the flu. Both can cause a sore throat, coughing, and congestion. The common cold can make you feel run down, but the flu can make it difficult for you to even get out of bed. Another big difference is that colds have a gradual onset of symptoms, while the flu shows a sudden onset of symptoms.
The flu can also bring:
- High-grade fever (over 100 degrees F)
- Body aches
- Possible vomiting and/or diarrhea
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you experience any of the following, you should seek medical attention, from Rutgers Health Services, your home doctor, or a local hospital.
- Fever is over 100 degrees F for more than 2–3 days
- Symptoms persist for more than 10 days
- Breathing is difficult and painful
- Swallowing fluids is difficult or painful