Due to popular demand, the Campus Wellness Center has purchased another batch of flu vaccines. In addition to two influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this season, the vaccine we are offering will also offer protection against the Swine Flu (H1N1). We are not charging any fees those who have PPO coverage through HMSA or Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you do not have a PPO plan, your co-payment is only $15. Here are some FAQs about flu shots.
Why should I get vaccinated every year?
Because flu viruses evolve rapidly, new vaccines are created every year. Another reason is because the antibody levels your immune system develops decrease over time.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends vaccinations if you are 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially recommended for those who are at high risk of flu complications, including pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and those who have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, cancer, or obesity.
Who should not get the flu shot?
If you are allergic to eggs or have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine, we do not recommend the common flu vaccine. Instead you should ask your doctor for other options. Good hygiene is always is your best defense against contagious diseases. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. The next best thing is to use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent.
What are the possible side effects of the flu shot?
The vaccine will not cause you to become ill with the inactivated virus strains that it contains. However, you may contract influenza at any time from other strains of the virus that are not contained in the vaccine.
The above information is provided by mayoclinic.com and rxlist.com.
Why not call the Campus Wellness Center and book your appointment today? Our number's 245-8307. Don’t miss the boat!