Flu Prevention

Although COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold, are all caused by different types of viruses, we can use similar strategies to stay healthy and minimize their impact on our bodies and our lives.

How to #StopTheSpread of viruses:

  • Get your flu shot.  Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often for at LEAST 20 seconds each time or use hand sanitizer.
  • Use a face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing, by staying a minimum of 6 feet apart from others, when possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially after visiting public places, such as bathrooms, stores, and public transit.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of the air or your hands
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Stay home from work and/or school if you are feeling ill.
  • Practice positivity, as research shows a positive mental state can boost immunity.
  • Follow these nutrition tips to help boost your immune system, including boosting your immunity by increasing your Vitamin A and C intake.

Is it a Cold, the Flu or COVID-19?

Below is a table of symptoms for these illnesses.  Remember to consult your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms, so he/she can provide with appropriate guidance.

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How we can help:

  • The Student Health Clinics will be providing FREE flu vaccines for registered FIU Students, while supplies last. Call 305-348-8385 (MMC) or 305-919-5620 (BBC) to schedule your appointment.
  • FIU Health provides flu shots to FIU staff, faculty, and the surrounding community. Please call (305) 348-DOCS (3627) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
  • The FIU Healthy Living Program provides preventative and complementary therapies such as aromatherapy and nutrition consultations for registered students. 

Tips to Boost Your Immunity:

  • Including physical activity into your daily routine when you are healthy will boost immunity.  This means go for a walk, a bike ride, or trying an at-home workout video at your level of fitness. 
  • If you get sick it is important to rest, as added stress can decrease our immune system and make it more difficult to recover.
  • Be sure to eat foods rich in Vitamin C; this can decrease of shorten the severity of illness.  Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruit, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach.  If you do not think you are getting enough from food, then you may want to incorporate a vitamin C supplement into your daily routine.
  • Zinc is also protective and can boost immune system/shorten illness: food: fish, poultry, eggs, milk, whole grains.
  • Gut flora (bacteria) in diverse and high amounts can also help prevent illness. You can increase gut flora by eating fermented food which have live active bacteria such yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, kimchi. You can also incorporate a probiotic supplement into your daily routine.
  • Over and under eating can decrease your immune system and promote illness.  Be mindful when preparing and eating your meals, to ensure they are inclusive of foods that enhance your body’s natural defense mechanisms.

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Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Student Health Center (SHC)
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

305-348-2401

Biscayne Bay Campus
Health Center Complex (HCC)
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181

305-919-5620

Fall and Spring Hours of Operation

Blue and Gold Clinics - MMC
Telehealth
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
In-Person (by appointment ONLY)
Monday- Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
For after hours assistance call 305-348-2401 (option 2)

BBC Student Clinic
Telehealth
Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
In-Person (by appointment ONLY)
Monday- Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
For after hours assistance call 305-348-2401 (option 2)

Healthy Living Program
Limited On-site Services
Monday – Wednesday 10 AM – 4 PM
Remote Services
Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM

Pharmacy
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM

Health Compliance (Remote ONLY)
Monday - Friday: 9AM – 5PM