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Staying Healthy this Semester

The semester is in full swing, and you might be starting to feel a little run down if you haven’t felt so already. The last thing you need to worry about is getting sick, and we’re here to help you stay healthy this semester!

Cold & Flu

Sometimes, a change in weather can cause illnesses like the common cold, and the fall is when the flu starts to ramp up. The common cold and the flu (influenza) are both respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses, but both have similar symptoms which can make it difficult to tell the difference between them. There are ways that you can protect yourself from getting sick.

Both cold and flu viruses are spread from one person to another through contact with saliva or mucous droplets from moist breath, talking, sneezing, coughing, or hand contact with the mouth or nose.

To prevent the spread of colds and the flu, please remember the following:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t had one already.

As COVID-19 remains a threat to the UT community, it is more important than ever to remember to protect ourselves and one another, prevent the spread of illness and help maintain an on-campus experience.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, remember to:

  • Wear a mask on campus as instructed. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and using hand sanitizer. 
  • Practice social distancing and following protective guidelines when social distancing is not possible. 
  • Acting quickly to follow instructions for testing and contact tracing. 
  • Monitor your personal health and following medical instructions. 
  • Follow instructions for cleaning and hygiene on campus. 

Getting Your Flu Shot

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu is to get a flu shot every flu season. The flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, and we want to help you avoid getting sick.

Flu shots are now available for students, faculty, and staff at the Student Health Center Pharmacy. No appointment is needed. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Flu shots will also be available at a number of convenient locations across campus. The Student Health Center is partnering with departments around campus to offer convenient access to flu vaccines to the campus community. Check the events calendar for dates and times.