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:
- 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
 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.