Is your college student ready for flu season? The first defense against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. We would strongly recommend that you remind your college student to go to the Student Health Center at their college or to a local pharmacy (ie. CVS or Walgreens or Right Aid) to get their flu shot. Most of these local pharmacies do not require an appointment and you can just walk in and get one.
Symptoms of the flu include–body aches, high fever for 3-5 days, sore throat, runny nose and cough. If your college age child calls and complains of these symptoms, have them call the Student Health Services immediately to find out what their school’s policy is about being seen, missing class, etc. Make sure they have some one to look in on them to monitor their condition, bring fluids and food and OTC fever reducers. Certainly anyone with an underlying medical condition or severe symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.