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Flu 

Cold and Flu Symtoms

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complicationsEvery flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently.


Cold Versus Flu (CDC)

Cold Symptoms (CDC)

Colds and How to Protect Yourself and Others (CDC)


Flu Basics (CDC)

Flu Symptoms (CDC)


What to Do If You Get a Cold

If you get a cold, get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated. Many over-the-counter cold medications are available at reduced cost in the pharmacy at Redfern Health Center. While these medicines can’t cure a cold, they can help reduce cold symptoms. Antibiotics will NOT help you recover from a cold!


Seek a medical provider if you have one or more of the following:

  • A temperature higher than 100.4F

  • Symptoms that last more than 10 days

  • Symptoms that are severe or unusual


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  • Get a flu shot

  • Avoid touching face (eyes, nose, mouth)

  • Avoid close contact with sick persons

  • Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Exercise regularly

  • Manage stress levels


The 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 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 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.

Student Health Services offers the seasonal flu vaccine at Redfern Health Center. Flu Vaccine Clinics are held every Wednesday at Redfern Health Center, no appointment necessary. Walk in between 9–11 a.m. and 1:30–4:15 p.m. to get the flu vaccine.


You can also walk in and get the flu vaccine through the Nurse's Clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30–11 a.m. and 1:30–4:15 p.m.


Cost and Coverage

The flu vaccine costs $25, payable at the time of service. Unpaid balances will be added to your account at Redfern Health Center. If you are enrolled in the Clemson University Student Health Insurance Plan, the cost of the flu shot is covered 100%. 


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If you believe you may have the flu, make an appointment with a medical provider at Redfern Health Center. If Redfern is closed, see after-hours/urgent care options


  • If you are sick, you should stay home and limit contact with other people, except to seek medical care. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Some people with influenza will not have fever; therefore, absence of fever does not mean absence of infection. Isolate yourself during this time period even if you are taking antiviral drugs for treatment of the flu.

  • If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable. Always cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. In general, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness.

  • If you are sick and sharing common spaces with other household members, wear a facemask if available to help prevent spreading the virus to others.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.


For additional information and advice about the flu, please see CDC Influenza (Flu).

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include the following:


  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

  • Sudden dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Severe or persistent vomiting

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough


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.

It is expected that most people will recover without needing medical care.


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.

During a surge in the number of flu cases, Student Health Services 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.

Learn More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control