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Flu Prevention

Tulane students are required to receive a flu vaccine and submit documentation each flu season. To learn more about how to meet the annual flu vaccine requirement, click here

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

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 nor additional fees. 

Tulane faculty and staff should visit a pharmacy that administers the vaccine or contact their healthcare provider.

Flu Shot @ the Student Health Center

Flu shot appointments will be available at the Health Center Uptown beginning October 11. We request students schedule an appointment by calling 504-865-5255 and complete the online consent and paperwork, including insurance card uploads.  Students must bring their Splash ID and wear a shirt that allows us roll up a sleeve.

If you have never visited the Health Center before, please fill out your patient forms on the Patient Portal before arriving.

3 Steps to Fight the Flu
  1. Vaccinate – Look for satellite flu shot clinic dates on campus in the fall
  2. Stop Germs 
  3. Antiviral Drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

What can I do to stay healthy? 

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. 

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:
  • Tends to come on suddenly
  • Fever
  • Muscle Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose

Got the flu? Now what?

Billing for Flu Shots

Insurance plans typically cover one free flu shot per year. Some insurance plans only cover vaccines given by your doctor or at a limited set of locations. Please check with your insurance to see if you are flu shot is covered at the Health Center. (Please bring your Splash ID card, insurance, and ID.) No payment is required at the time of your visit for flu shots.

Please CALL to make a flu shot appointment at the Health Center.