The flu vaccine not only protects you but also helps protect your community, including your fellow peers.
Flu season is typically from December to March. The best time to get your flu shot is middle to late October.
*Please upload your insurance information to the Student Health Portal if you wish to submit your flu vaccine.
Call Student Health Service at (701) 231-7331 or schedule an appointment here
Who is at risk?
Anyone can get the flu. People who live in crowded conditions, such as residence halls, have a higher risk of exposure to all respiratory illnesses, including the flu.
The elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of complications. People with diabetes, chronic heart disease and respiratory disease, such as asthma, are also at greater risk of complications.
People who should especially consider getting the flu vaccine include:
- People with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions
- People with weakened immune systems due to medical conditions or certain medications
- People living in crowded conditions (such as residence halls or apartments) who are at higher risk of exposure to the virus
- People whose lifestyle include excessive stress, inadequate sleep and/or nutrition
When should I get my flu shot?
CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. However, getting vaccinated early (for example, in July or August) is likely to be associated with reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season, particularly among older adults. Vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.
What if I need or want my flu vaccination now?
Although it is recommended to wait to receive your flu vaccination until late October, early protection is better than no protection! Therefore, Student Health Service does currently offer the flu vaccination to those who wish to receive it now.
How do I know if my symptoms are the Flu, a Cold, or COVID-19?
The below table is a helpful tool to better understand your symptoms. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have been contacted by a public health official as a close contact with a lab confirmed COVID-19 case, should contact Student Health Service or their local health care facility to determine next steps.
Student Health Service offers asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to enrolled and eligible students on Tuesdays from 8:30am - 4:30pm and Thursdays from 8:30am - 12:30pm.
What can I do to prevent the flu?
Your best defense against influenza is to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is safe and effective. The flu vaccine is made from inactive (killed) flu virus and cannot give you the flu. Because the virus changes each year, the make-up of each year's flu vaccine changes too, necessitating annual flu shots for protection. Another great way to prevent the spread of disease is to follow all COVID-19 mitigation practices including frequent hand washing, wearing a face mask, and following social distancing guidelines. For more information on COVID-19 click HERE.
Because flu "season" usually peaks each year between December and March, we usually recommend getting the flu shot in the fall. As with any other vaccine, flu vaccine may not protect 100% of those exposed to the virus.
In addition to getting the flu shot, how else can I protect myself and others?
- Stay as healthy as you can. Get plenty of rest and do not smoke. If you drink, limit your intake to no more than 1-2 drinks in one sitting. Drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, engage in physical activity, and try to manage your stress.
- Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. If you have no tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands.
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Follow all COVID-19 prevention methods recommended by the CDC including wearing a mask and following social distancing guidelines. For more information on COVID-19 click HERE.