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Seasonal allergies can be a challenge in the south, especially in Spring when pollen counts are high. Certain allergies may come and go as seasons and environments change. Knowing how to recognize the difference between seasonal/chronic allergies and infections or viruses is important to keeping you and others well. If you you have questions, our providers at Moffitt Health Center can help. We can also administer allergy shots in clinic without you having to make a special trip to your allergy doctor. For more information on allergies and how to differentiate between allergies and the common cold or flu, visit the links below. 

Allergies Overview

Seasonal Allergies: Pollen

Is it Allergies or a Cold?


Don't be surprised if you find yourself with a cold once or twice a year. College students are especially susceptible due to living and learning in close quarters with other people. Whether you live on campus or off campus, close contact can lead to exposure to germs like that of common cold viruses. Practicing good prevention techniques like hand washing and avoiding sick people can help you stay well. If you do get sick, knowing what to do can be key to helping you feel better sooner. Colds are viral infections, meaning there is no cure. Colds typically last from 7-10 days. If symptoms persist or worsen, call your doctor. For more information, visit the links below.  

Common Cold: Protect Yourself and Others

Common Cold: Symptoms and Causes

Handwashing to Keep you Well 

When and How to Wash your Hands


Flu season typically runs October through March, but you can get the flu any time of year. Getting the flu at any time in the semester can cause you to miss classes and result in you getting behind on assignments. Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. Flu shots are quick and easy and offers protection for you and others.

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services beginning in late September and while supplies last. We can also file the vaccine on your insurance.   

Common Flu Shot Myths

  • Myth: Flu shots give you the flu/make you sick? 

    • Fact: Flu shots contain the dead flu virus which means it cannot affect you. It helps your body build antibodies to protect you from future exposure to the flu. If a person does get the flu shortly after getting the flu shot, it could be that they were exposed prior to receiving the vaccine or that they were exposed before the vaccine had time to work. 

  • Myth: It's too late in the flu season to get the flu shot. 
    • Fact: While the CDC does recommend people get the flu shot in October, vaccines are available November through March or while supplies last.
  • Myth: I got the vaccine last year, so I don't need one this year.
    • Flu strains change every year so the strains covered in the vaccine change as well. In order to best protect yourself from the flu each year, it is recommended you get a flu shot annually each fall. 

Key Facts about Flu

How Does Flu Make You Sick?

Flu Prevention


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. These droplets can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks; or by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.  Symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. 

COVID vaccines are available by appointment at Student Health Services. 


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Scott Hall
118 College Drive Box #5066
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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Phone Numbers
Clinic 601.266.5390 
Pharmacy 601.266.4075

Patient Hours 

Fall and Spring Semesters
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday - Friday:  
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Clinic & Pharmacy:
Semester Breaks & Summer 
Monday - Wednesday and Friday:
8:00 a.m. - Noon,
1 p.m - 4:30 p.m
9:00 a.m. - Noon,
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.