Colds & Flu

Best Prevention for Colds and Flu

Flu shots at MSU
  1. Wash your hands with soap and water - clean hands save lives. (Seriously.)
  2. Get a flu shot every year.
  3. Avoid sick people, and avoid touching your face.
  4. If you are sick with a flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care or other necessities).

Flu shots are available by appointment at all 5 Health Services locations: Olin, Brody, Holden, Hubbard, or McDonel.

  • First, call to schedule an appointment (517) 353-4660. This is a 'nurse visit' and does not count against the "three visits".
  • There is a charge for the flu shot. Bring your insurance card so we can bill your insurance for the flu vaccine.

Flu shots are also available on a walk-in basis at many local pharmacies such as the MSU Pharmacy at the Clinical Center on Service Road, CVS, and Walgreens.

Self-Care and Colds vs. Flu

Over 40% of MSU students reported having colds or flu last year. Learn how to care for yourself and do your part to prevent the spread of colds and flu.

  • Review our Flu Facts Brochure to learn how to prevent, recognize, and treat the flu; and how to tell if it is a cold, flu, or something more.
  • Common colds usually last from 7-10 days.
    • There is no cure for the cold, and most people do not need to visit the doctor with a cold.
    • To feel better, get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and use over-the-counter medicines or home remedies for symptom relief.
    • You should see a medical provider when:
      • Temperature of 100.4 F or higher
      • Cough with bloody mucus
      • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
      • Symptoms that last more than two weeks
  • Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
    • Flu can be treated with antiviral drugs, and work best when taken within two days of onset of illness.
    • Most people will recover from flu in a few days to less than two weeks.
    • MSU Health Services Home Care Guidance for Flu and Influenza-Like Illness (ILI)
    • Warning signs of flu requiring immediate medical care:
      • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
      • Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to arouse
      • Seizures
      • Severe muscle pain
      • Severe weakness or unsteadiness
      • Fever or cough that improves but then returns or worsens
      • Worsening of chronic medical conditions