This week, University Health Services (UHS) will start to offer free flu shots to all students. Students can significantly reduce their chance of contracting the flu by getting vaccinated. A flu shot helps keep the campus community healthy.
The first clinic will be outside UHS at 333 East Campus Mall on Thursday, September 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be four additional flu shot outreach clinics for students. Students can also drop in to UHS (6th floor clinic) for a flu shot starting Monday, September 30.
- Flu shots are free for all students and the process is quick.
- Getting a flu shot lessens the chances of missing class due to illness.
- Students with chronic health conditions—such as asthma, diabetes, or immune disorders—are at additional risk and are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot.
- Flu shots help reduce the transmission of the virus if more people are immunized; the flu won’t spread as fast in a highly immunized population.
- Seasonal flu outbreaks happen as early as October. It’s best to get vaccinated early. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
- Vaccination needs to be done annually.