Flu Season is Coming!

As the weather is getting colder, the flu season is upon us. In preparation for this, Health Services is hosting a number of vaccination clinics for the entire campus community. Here are some questions that you may have during this time:

What is the flu?

  • A respiratory infection caused by influenza A and B viruses1
  • Symptoms include: sudden onset of fever, cough and muscle aches
  • Often occurs in the late fall and winter months
  • It can be spread to other people one day before symptoms appear to approximately five days after symptom onset1

Why should I get the flu shot?

  • It is the most effective way to prevent influenza1
  • The vaccine is reviewed and changed annually to prevent that specific year’s most prevalent influenza strain, therefore the flu shot is required annually1
  • Contribute to herd immunity of the university campus

Who should get the flu shot?

  • Everyone should get the flu shot
  • High risk individuals are especially encouraged to get the flu shot. There are a number of factors that make individuals high risk[1]:
    • Heart and lung diseases
    • Diabetes and ther metabolic disorders
    • Cancer, r other immune compromising conditions
    • Kidney disease
    • Mrbid obesity
    • Individuals wh are residents of nursing homes or other long term care facilities
    • Indigenus peoples
    • Adults 65 years r older

How can I get the flu shot?

Health Services is hosting a High Risk Flu Clinic during the following dates:

  • October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 & November 5,6,7
  • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • In the Family Health Clinic waiting room (Health Services)

Following the High Risk Flu Clinic, the Community Flu Clinic will be offered during the following dates:

  • November 12, 13, 14
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Located in the Multipurpse room in SLC

For both clinics:

  • Everyne is welcome - students, staff, faculty, etc.
  • No appointment required - walk in service only
 

[1] National Advisory Committee on Immunization. (2019). Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Infuenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2019-2020. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

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