What do I do if I get the flu?
If you believe you may have the flu, make an appointment to see a Redfern health care provider by calling 864-656-1541.
For additional information and advice about the flu, please see Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How do I get care after hours?
If you have flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, call the appointment line at 864-656-1541 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you need care after hours, call 864-656-2233 and select option 2.
What should I do if Clemson University experiences a surge in the number of flu cases?
During a surge in the number of flu cases Redfern Health Center will do everything possible to meet the health care needs of the students. However, due to high demand for services it may be difficult to secure a timely appointment with a health care provider and wait times may increase. If your symptoms are not severe and there are no other risk factors, you should isolate yourself from others, rest, drink plenty of fluids, and monitor your condition until 24 hours after the fever is gone.
If you are concerned about your illness or develop severe symptoms, such as increased fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or rapid breathing, seek care immediately at Redfern or from another health care provider.
If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact Redfern or another health care provider to get medical care.
Practice other good health habits:
CDC recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three main seasonal flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. The seasonal flu vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses, or it can make your illness milder if you get a related flu virus. The seasonal flu vaccine will provide protection against the H1N1 influenza as well.
What are some tips to stay healthy during the flu season?
Check out the suggestions for flu prevention and treatment by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Redfern Health Center offers the seasonal flu vaccine Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 - 4:15 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1:30 - 4:15 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Cost and Coverage
The shots cost $20 for fee-paid and $25 for non fee-paid students, payable at the time of service. Unpaid balances will be added to the student's account at Redfern Health Center. If you are enrolled in the Clemson University Student Health Insurance the cost of the flu shot is covered 100% by the Preventive Benefits in your plan.
Cash, check, debit, credit and Tiger stripe are accepted.
Look for scheduled flu clinics sent to you by emails from Inside Clemson.
More information about the seasonal flu is available at the CDC. This website contains many useful links such as how the flu spreads, how to tell if you have a cold or the flu, and information on the flu symptoms. The CDC also presents a comprehensive question and answer section on the flu, the effectiveness of the vaccine, treatment of the flu, and much more.
For further tips about flu prevention and treatment, check out the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.