Student Flu Vaccine Clinic

Student Flu Vaccine Clinic
January 24, 2018
With the flu season peaking throughout the country, students are encouraged to get a flu shot if you haven't already done so. The Colonial Health Center will offer a special flu vaccine clinic for students on Thursday
 
Student Flu Vaccine Clinic
Thursday, January 25
10 a.m. – Noon
Colonial Health Center
Ground Floor Lobby, Marvin Center

Flu shots are fully covered for students enrolled in the GW Student Health Insurance plan through Aetna or $25 billed to your student account if you are not enrolled in the plan. Students who are covered under another health insurance plan may be able to get a flu shot fully covered at local pharmacies or physicians’ offices. 

In addition to getting the flu shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions to prevent the spread of the flu. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with people who have flu symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces in your living areas, such as doors, toilets and sink handles.
  • Stock up on basic medical supplies and over-the-counter medications, such as a thermometer, Tylenol and Advil, in case you start to experience flu symptoms.
If you have flu symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, cough, headache, nasal congestion, body aches, chills and fatigue, the Colonial Health Center recommends the following guidelines:
  • Stay home and rest for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Drink fluids to stay hydrated and use over-the-counter medications to help with other symptoms.
  • Contact your professors and make arrangements if you cannot attend classes.
If you start to experience symptoms, call the Colonial Health Center at 202-994-5300. Clinicians are available during the day, and a health advice line is available after hours. You are strongly encouraged to call the center rather than visiting the center in person to help prevent the spread of flu. 

For more information about the flu, visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm.