Shepherd University

Health Center

Location: Gardiner Hall
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30
Phone: 304.876.5161

Three Steps to Fight the Flu

Step One: Get a flu vaccine

  • CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older
  • Flu vaccines are available at the Health Center and local pharmacies
  • It can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to be effective.

Step Two: Prevent the spread of flu virus and other germs

  • Cover your cough and sneezes, or use a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for a least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms contact your professors and use the self certification form on the Health Center website.

Step Three: Seek medical care when neccesary

  • According to the CDC: Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.
  • If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical care immediately
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistant vomiting
    • Flu-like symptoms that improve, then return with a fever and a cough

Flu Season


The health center is a nurse operated clinic with a registered nurse available Monday-Friday 8:30- 3:30, and a Nurse Practitioner available 2 days a week.


The Health Center is complaint with HIPAA and FERPA regulations and practices strict confidentiality at all times.