Seasonal influenza immunizations
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
The nasal-spray flu vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu (sometimes called LAIV for “live attenuated influenza vaccine” or FluMist®). LAIV (FluMist®) is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.
Who should get vaccinated?
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated.
Who is considered high-risk to catching the flu?
Anyone can get the flu, but people with underlying health problems should take extra precaution during flu season.
Those considered high-risk are students, faculty or staff who have or are:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Severe anemia
- 50 years old or older
Where can I get a flu shot?
The Student Health Center, located in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center Room 212, is now offering seasonal flu vaccination. The cost is $20 per student. Preferred times are from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots at the Student Health Center are available to students only. For more information, call 968-9271.
Flu shots also are available from local pharmacies and clinics.
Note: Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Student Health Center cannot provide the seasonal flu vaccine to faculty and staff. Faculty and staff should seek season flu shots from their primary care provider or local pharmacies.