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Don't get the flu! Don't spread the flu! Get a flu vaccine this fall! FREE!

The Flu and You:
The viruses that cause influenza ("the flu") are always changing, and flu vaccine is only effective for a few months, so the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone over 6 months of age. Even in otherwise healthy people, flu can cause up to a week of body aches, cough and fever that interfere with school and work, and it can occasionally cause complications such as pneumonia. For those at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, e.g. young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart, lung or kidney disease or a weakened immune system, getting a flu vaccine is especially important.

What are symptoms of the flu?
The symptoms of the flu typically include abrupt onset of fever and chills, cough, sore throat, aching muscles, and possibly a headache.

How is the flu spread?
The influenza virus is spread through the air from the respiratory tract of an infected person. It is also transmitted by direct contact of hands with respiratory droplets that fall on surfaces. An infected person is likely to spread the virus from one to two days before the onset of symptoms until four to five days after symptoms begin.

How to prevent getting and spreading the flu:

  • Get vaccinated, because flu vaccine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the flu.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • If you get the flu, you can help prevent its spread:
    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.
    2. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Discard the tissue after use, and clean your hands.
    3. Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. If you do, clean your hands afterward.
    4. Stay home and avoid contact with others until you have been free of a fever for 24 hours.

Contact the Simmons College Health Center at 617-521-1020 for more information.

About the Health Center

The Health Center, which is located on the Simmons Residence Campus, offers health care to Simmons undergraduate and graduate students, and is a provider of health services to students at other area colleges as well. Services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day during the academic year either at the Center, or when the Center is closed, by telephone contact with the provider on call. Some services are also available in the summer. Call the Health Center at 617-521-1002 for information about summer hours.

The Simmons health center is staffed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians. All physicians are Board Certified and have appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which is directly across the street from the Simmons residence campus.

The detailed information on this site will tell you about Health Center hours of operation, services available and how to receive after hours care, as well as information on immunizations and insurance. The staff at the Health Center welcomes the opportunity to answer your questions and concerns. Call us at 617-521-1002.

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Call ahead to make an appointment. Same day appointments are available for urgent care.

During the academic year, the Health Center is open during the following hours:

Monday - Friday:
9:00am to 5:00pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

To contact a health provider after hours for urgent care call Simmons Public Safety at 617-521-1112

Call the Health Center for hours during vacations and holidays, and during the summer months


Residence Campus
Health Center
94 Pilgrim Road
Boston, MA 02215


Phone: 617-521-1002

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