Flu shots are now available in the Family Health Clinic (Fobes Hall) for patients 3 years and older. There is a $25 fee, although most insurance plans cover the cost, and most providers are accepted.
Anyone interested can bring a photo id and insurance card with them, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary but patients are also encouraged to make them at their convenience.
Flu shots are available from September until they expire at the end of June. This service has been available here on campus for over 10 years.
“Possible side-effects include but are not limited to: soreness at injection site, cough, fever, and headaches, but most people do not experience any side-effects”, according to fourth-semester nursing students Celsi Carman and Kaylee Bowen. “The vaccine cannot cause the flu because there is no live flu virus in flu shots.”
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months including and especially pregnant women and people with chronic disease and compromised immune systems. Those people are at greater risk of becoming sick with the flu and having more severe consequences if they get the flu; therefore, it is very important that they are immunized and protected.
The vaccine targets the most prevalent strains of influenza that the CDC determines are most likely to affect the U.S. population during the upcoming flu season. Many people believe the flu is like a common cold not knowing thousands of people in the United States are hospitalized or die from the flu every year. That is why it is so important to get your flu shot.
To make an appointment, or for any other information call the Family Health Clinic at (618)468-6800.