Preventing and Caring for Colds and Flus

Flu Vaccine FAQ

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

Brandeis is offering a free flu shot clinic from Oct. 5 through Oct. 16, 2020, at its COVID-19 testing sites (Shapiro Admissions Center and the Heller School).

Clinics are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up now through the Campus Portal and you can get your vaccine at the same time you get your next COVID-19 test.

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.

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.

Watch: Clean Hands Prevent the Flu (CDC)

Prevention & Self-Care

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