The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine every season.
The flu vaccine is made available each fall to all enrolled students by appointment at the Health Center and during our satellite flu clinics. 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.
View a printable Cold vs. Flu Symptoms and Flu Prevention flyer (PDF).
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.
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 card, insurance, and ID.) No payment is required at the time of your visit.