Care and Prevention of Colds and Flus

Most colds and flus are self-limiting viral infections. Call the Health Center if you have underlying health issues that can complicate your illness. Sometimes there is a bacterial infection or complications that need medical assessment and follow up. 

The best way to prevent catching a cold or flu is to wash your hands frequently and get your annual influenza vaccination.


See below for more tips for prevention and self-care during cold and flu season.

Flu Vaccine FAQ

It is important to get the flu vaccine (commonly called the flu shot) every year.

This fall, it is more important than ever to get your flu vaccine (sometimes called the “flu shot”). For the 2021–2022 influenza season, flu shots will be crucial to preventing the additional burden and strain on the healthcare system that influenza will bring during the COVID-19 pandemic. At Brandeis, we are committed to making it as easy as possible for you to get your flu vaccine.

Brandeis Flu Clinic

Location: Levine-Ross conference room in Hassenfeld

You will be able to schedule your flu shot directly in your Campus Passport. Watch for an email notifying you that it’s time to sign up. If your schedule changes and you can’t make your original appointment time, that’s okay. There will be flexibility during the clinic hours. It’s most important to just show up!  We anticipate appointments will take no longer than 10 mins. 

Make sure to have your health insurance card, your prescription card (if prescription info is not on your health insurance card) and your primary care provider contact information. Students without a primary care provider can list the Brandeis Health Center.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.