Get Your Flu Vaccine
A limited number of flu vaccinations are available free for students, faculty, staff and administrators at the Student Health Center, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Health Center is located on Brockton Avenue, north of the Chapel. (See #208 on the campus map)
Everyone should get a flu vaccine this season, as it is the best way to prevent getting seasonal flu.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone six months of age or older should be vaccinated unless they have a contraindication. It is especially important for certain individuals, including:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.
- People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications (see list above)
- Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
- Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old
- Health care personnel
It takes between 10 and 14 days for your body to develop immunity to the flu once you have been vaccinated. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu because it contains an inactivated virus.
Other good health habits to help stop the spread of germs include:
- Washing hands often with warm, soapy water or using hand sanitizer
- Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Avoiding sharing food or drink with people who are sick
For more information, call 909-748-8021