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Flu Prevention

The best way to prevent the flu is to receive the flu vaccine every season.

Tulane students are required to receive a flu vaccine and submit documentation each flu season.

Learn more about the annual flu vaccine requirement

Flu Shots at the Health Center

Flu Shots for Students

The flu vaccine is made available each fall to all enrolled students by appointment at the Health Center. Flu shots are billed to your insurance and require no co-pay or additional fees.

To make a flu shot appointment, we ask that students call 504-865-5255 and complete the online paperwork, including insurance card uploads. Students are asked to bring their Splash ID to their flu shot appointment and wear a shirt that allows us to roll up a sleeve.

If you have never visited the Health Center before, we ask you to fill out your patient forms on the Patient Portal before arriving for your flu shot appointment.

Billing for Flu Shots

Insurance plans typically cover one free flu shot per year; however, some insurance plans only cover vaccines given by your doctor at a specific set of locations. Please check with your insurance plan to see if your flu shot is covered at the Health Center. No payment is required at the time of your visit for flu shots.

Flu Shots for Faculty and Staff

The Health Center does not provide flu shots for Tulane faculty and staff. To receive the flu vaccine, faculty and staff are asked to visit a pharmacy that administers the vaccine, contact their health provider, or participate in annual flu clinics coordinated by Tulane Human Resources.

Tips for Fighting the Flu, COVID-19 and Other Illnesses

  1. Avoid close contact.
    Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  2. Stay home when you are sick.
    If possible, stay home from class, work, and social activities when you are sick. Prevent spreading your illness to others.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose.
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and wear a mask in public.
  4. Clean your hands.
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits.
    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your room, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Common Signs and Symptoms of the Flu

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose

I think I have the flu. Now what?

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call our nurse advice line or make an appointment at the Health Center.