2014-2015 Flu Vaccinations
Stop by for your flu shot!
South Carolina is currently in the top 10 in the nation for the number of flu cases, so it’s important you protect yourself from the flu.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to prevent or fight the flu: 1) get vaccinated, 2) take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs that lead to the flu and 3) if diagnosed with the flu, take antiviral medications prescribed by your doctor to treat the flu.
Cash, check, debit/credit and Carolina Card accepted at the Thomson Student Health Center; payment options may vary at other locations.
Flu Vaccine Availability
Students, faculty and staff can get the flu vaccine at the Thomson Student Health Center, located behind the Russell House, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Carolina Card, cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted for payment.
Students must present a Carolina Card to receive the vaccine. Faculty and staff must have a valid employee USC identification card.
For more information about the flu vaccine, call 803-777-9511.
FREE! - For all students
$20 - For all faculty and staff.
Why it’s important to prevent the flu
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Complications of flu
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop an immune response. Get vaccinated now so that you will be protected when flu season begins. In the United States, influenza season usually begins in October and can last until May.
How to prevent the flu
Get the flu vaccine, which is still available at
the Thomson Student Health Center free for
students; $20 for faculty/staff. Just walk in; no
appointment is needed.
Even if you get the flu, the vaccine helps build
your immunity, which could lessen the severity
and duration of flu symptoms.
Wash your hands often with warm, soapy
water, especially after touching surfaces.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects often.
- Use hand wipes and sanitizers.
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Stay home if you are sick, and stay away from
people who are sick.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Drink lots of water and eat fruits, vegetables
and whole grains.
- Stay active and exercise.
Students who have flu symptoms should
make an appointment to see a General
Medicine Center provider online at
www.sc.edu/myhealthspace or call 803-777-3175.
- A temperature higher than 100F
- Muscle aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Sudden onset of dizziness
If you have the symptoms described above
- Students should make an appointment with the Student Health Services General Medicine Center by visiting MyHealthSpace at 803-777-3175
- Self-isolate (except to get medical care) for at least 24 hours after fever subsides without use of fever-reducing medicine
When to seek emergency medical care
- You have difficulty breathing or chest pain
- You have a purple or blue discoloration of your lips
- You have vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
- You have signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing or absence of urination
- You have a seizures or uncontrolled convulsions
- You are less responsive than normal or have difficulty thinking
If you fall within one of the following categories and have been exposed to anyone with the flu or have flu-like symptoms, promptly call your physician
- Pregnant women
- People younger than 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- People who are morbidly obese
- People with chronic pulmonary (asthma), cardiovascular (except high blood pressure), renal, hepatic, hematological (sickle cell disease), neurologic, neuromuscular or metabolic disorders (including diabetes), and immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or HIV
- Children younger than 5
- Adults older than 65
- Residents of chronic care facilities or nursing homes
Are you caring for a loved one? Follow these tips to protect yourself and others in your home.
- Keep everyone's personal items separate. Avoid sharing computers, clothes, towels, sheets, and eating utensils.
- Disinfect surfaces that are commonly touched around the home.
- It's okay to wash everyone's dishes and clothes together. Use detergent and very hot water. Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.