Influenza Vaccine 2017

In need of a flu shot?

Contact the Immunization Office at 336.334.4086 or stop by the Student Health Center:

Monday – Thursday : 8am -6pm
Friday: 8am-5pm

 

An annual influenza (flu) vaccine is the best way to lessen your risk of getting the flu and spreading it to others. Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications in certain high-risk populations. It can also cause significant disruption of routine schedules during outbreaks in the general population, especially students or other individuals who reside in dormitories or related closed quarters.

“Flu season” in the U.S. can start as early as October and can extend until May. Vaccination for flu is recommended when available and ideally by the end of October, but it can be received in later months of the flu season when protection is desired. As more people get vaccinated against the flu, less can spread through the campus community.

The vaccine causes minimal to no side effects in most people. Mild side effects may include soreness at the vaccination site, low-grade fever, headache, and muscle aches beginning shortly after the shot, and lasting for one to two days. The injectable vaccine is composed of dead virus, and one cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including on the UNCG campus at Student Health Services. And most insurances now cover the cost of an annual flu vaccine (although some may limit the coverage if it is not obtained at a defined location). Remember, getting vaccinated can not only help you from getting sick with the flu, but also help protect the people around you.