Cough, Cold and Flu
Cough, cold and flu are some of the biggest barriers to student success. A nasty cold
or flu can take a student down for more than a week if not treated promptly. SHS at
USF is staffed by a team of board certified healthcare providers.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling the SHS Clinic at 813-974-2331.We also accept walk-ins in case of urgency.
8 Steps to Protect Your Herd from Flu
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. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
4. Clean Your Home with Disinfectants Regularly: Frequently clean your living quarters and commonly-used surfaces, such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas.
5. No Sharing When Eating: Do not share drinking glasses or utensils.
6. Seek Help and Expert Advice: contact Student Health Services 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 Services for instructions and care.
7. Don't Go Out and Socialize: Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to class until your fever is gone for at least 24 hours. Contact your professors to inform them that you have the flu and find out if you are able to get an extension on assignments that may be due.
8. Get your flu shot: Flu shots are offered free to students and at reduces rates for employees. Flu season lasts through April, so we will offer flu shots while supplies last through March. Contact us and ask about special vaccination events!
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.