Flu | Prevention and Care

Get A Flu Shot

Brown University Health Services encourages students to get vaccinated against Flu (influenza) every year -- to protect themselves against infection but also to protect other students, faculty and staff by increasing "herd immunity" and decreasing virus transmission in the community.  Free flu shots are widely available for actively-enrolled Brown students during "flu clinic" events held around campus in the fall semester, and by appointment or walk-in at Health Services.

Nursing Advice

When students are ill, they are encouraged to call Health Services for medical advice. Students may ask questions 24-hours a day by calling (401) 863-1330.  The information about seasonal flu on Health Services' web also provides Guidelines for the Sick Patient and Guidelines for Living with a Sick Patient.


Students who are ill with influenza-like illness are encouraged to report their illness and missed class time through the FluWeb website at brown.edu/fluweb.  Each student who registers on FluWeb receives a follow-up phone call from Student Life, Health Services or the Dean of the College office to ask how they're doing, discuss how best to contact faculty and manage makeup work in classes, and encourage medical follow up. 

Registering on FluWeb also allows students to tell Dining the name of the FluBuddy who is bringing them food while they are stuck in their room sick. Brown Dining offers two meal options for any isolated (i.e., staying in their room and unable to get to meals) student with flu-like symptoms; check out the Food and Flu info on the Dining website.