Cough, Cold, Flu & COVID
For your safety and ours, we are scheduling patient appointments and screening for symptoms like flu, cold, and fever. Before entering the clinic, students will be asked screening questions and may have their temperature checked. USF Student Health & Wellness Center is staffed by a team of board certified healthcare providers.
To make appointments at the Tampa campus click here.
To call our St. Petersburg campus, call 727-873-4422 (option 1). To call our Sarasota-Manatee campus, call 813-974-2331.
When our clinic is closed, the telephone numbers can be used to reach our After Hours Nurse Advice Line. For night and weekend medical services, close to the Tampa campus, including the closest emergency room or urgent care clinic click here. To find Urgent Care near St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee campuses, please click on the campus closest to your location.
Click here for USF's health updates on COVID-19/Coronavirus
Click here for health updates from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
8 Steps to Protect Your Herd from Colds & Viruses
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently: Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps to keep germs
away. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
2. Cover Your Mouth and Nose: Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into your hands.
3. Throw Away used Tissues: Dispose of tissues in a Lined Trash can and Wash your Hands with Soap immediately after.
4. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
5. Clean Your Home with Disinfectants Regularly: Frequently clean your living quarters and commonly-used surfaces, such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, cell phones, personal devices, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas.
6. No Sharing When Eating: Do not share drinking glasses or utensils.
7. Seek Help and Expert Advice: contact Student Health & Wellness Center for instructions and care. Early care is key with the flu: if you are seen by a medical provider within 72 hours, we can likely reduce the impact of the flu. If you are a residential student and think you have the flu, notify your Resident Assistant and contact the Student Health & Wellness Center for instructions and care.
8. Don't Go Out and Socialize: Stay home if you are sick. Contact a medical provider for guidance on when you can return to class. Contact your professors to inform them that you have are sick or have a fever and find out if you are able to get an extension on assignments that may be due.
If you live on the Tampa campus and are too weak to seek on-campus medical care, call the USF Medical Response Unit (813.974.4678) Monday through Friday for free on-scene medical treatment and, if needed, courtesy medical transportation to Student Health clinic. If care is needed within our clinical facilities, clinic fee schedule applies.
During your visit to the clinic, the healthcare providers will:
- Evaluate your symptoms
- Recommend treatment
- Prescribe medications if necessary
- Provide tips on staying healthy
Click here for information on flu shots and immunizations.