Seasonal Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory illness caused by the Influenza Virus.
Symptoms of influenza
Presenting symptoms are like those of COVID19 and may include fevers or chills, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, headaches, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Types of testing
The Health Center has rapid testing for influenza available for symptomatic students. Call the Health Center for an appointment if you are feeling ill.
The best way to prevent the Flu is to get an annual Flu vaccine. The Health Center sponsored vaccine clinics on campus in the fall. If you have not yet received the flu vaccine it remains available at local pharmacies through the end of flu season, which lasts until April.
Taking everyday actions to reduce the spread of flu include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands often, and avoid touching your face.
If you are diagnosed with the flu the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
Fall 2023 Flu Vaccine Clinic
With the flu season upon us, we encourage all students to obtain a flu vaccine, which is the first and most important step in preventing illness from the flu.
The Health Center will be sponsoring a Flu Immunization Clinic on campus, for students and employees, on October 16th and 23rd from 10am to 3pm. The clinic will be hosted in the Oneonta Room of Hunt Union, located behind the International Lounge, and operated by our local Rite Aid pharmacy. The clinic will be scheduled by appointment only, and Rite Aid asks for everyone seeking a shot to complete their consent form and bring with them a copy of their insurance to be billed. Rite Aid takes most forms of insurance for the flu vaccine they provide.
You can setup an appointment by following this link: Flu Clinic Bookings
Please fill out the Rite Aid Consent Form before you arrive to your appointment.
We are also hoping to provide COVID booster shots and are waiting to hear from Rite Aid about availability. Once we have more information, SUNY Oneonta will reach out to inform both the Student Body and the Faculty and Staff. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months or older receive this updated COVID vaccine. COVID Vaccines are available at local pharmacies.
All student information held at the Health Center is strictly confidential and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student and/or as required by law. Students under 18 years of age, must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health Center except for emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.