Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at an increased risk of complications from the flu. Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat

2018-2019 Flu Clinic Dates

The best way to prevent flu illness is by getting vaccinated every year.

Student Flu Clinic Dates 

10/2: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

10/16: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

10/23: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

11/5: Student Center Piedmont Room 10a - 3p

11/13: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

11/27: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

1/30: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

2/7: Stamps Health Services 9a-3p

 
Employee Flu Clinic Dates

Every Monday - Friday from 9am-4pm in the Stamps Health Services Pharmacy 
 

Cost
  • Free for Students who have paid the health fee
  • There is no copay for any Georgia Tech employee with BlueCross BlueShield of GA, up to $25 for others
  • Healthcare-enrolled Georgia Tech employees can earn $25 toward their 2019 USG Well-Being credit by getting flu shot.

Treating the Flu

If you have the flu, there are a number of things you can do to help your body recover.

  1.  Stay home to prevent spreading the infection to others. For students living on campus, consider going home to your permanent residence if possible. It is safe to return to work and school once you have been without fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, such as Tylenol or Advil.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  3. Get extra rest.
  4. Drink lots of fluids - water or sports drinks.
  5. Take medications to relieve your symptoms, including acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) for fever and body aches, decongestant for nasal congestion, and a cough suppressant if you have a cough.
  6. Tamiflu, an antiviral medication, can be used to treat the flu. On average, it shortens the duration of symptoms by one day. It does have some side effects, such as nausea. It is currently recommended for individuals who have increased risk for complications. Most Georgia Tech students are not considered at risk for flu complications. 

Who is at risk for complications from the flu?

  • Persons of any age with certain chronic medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, immune suppression, heart, lung, liver or kidnes disease, or morbid obesity
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults aged 65 years or older
  • Children younger than 5 years old

When should I seek medical treatment?
You should seek medical treatment if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Significant shortness so breath or breathing problems
  • Confusion, change in level of consciousness, or inability to think normally
  • Sudden or severe dizziness or fainting
  • Chest discomfort or abdominal discomfort
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Pain in the throat severe enough to prevent the intake of fluids by mouth
  • Initial improvement of symptoms followed by worsening cough 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the flu shot work?

Flu vaccines cause your body to develop antibodies to the flu about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine – some vaccine  protect  against three strains (trivalent) and some protect against 4 strains (quadrivalent).

Who should get the flu shot?

Everyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu vaccine every season.

Why do I need to get a flu shot every flu season?

There are two main reasons. First, your body’s immune response to vaccination declines over time, so getting your shot each year helps provide you with optimal protection. Second, flu viruses that circulate change every season, the vaccine is reformulated each season.

I am a healthy person, do I really need the flu shot?

Yes. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu virus, but also helps protect those around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. 

I heard the flu shot gives you the flu, is that true?

No. The flu shot CANNOT give you the flu. However there are mild and short-lasting side effects such as soreness, redness or swelling where the vaccine was given, a low-grade fever, and aches are common.