High-risk flu vaccinations available October 12

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Graphic of someone getting a flu shot in the arm

The change of seasons often brings an influenza (flu) outbreak. Getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever to protect yourself and the people around you and to help reduce the strain on the healthcare system responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although influenza activity generally peaks around January, it takes the body about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies that will protect against influenza virus infection. For that reason, it's important to get vaccinated before the seasonal outbreak, especially if you fall into the high-risk category. 

Students, staff, faculty and UW clients in the following high-risk categories are strongly encouraged to get the flu immunization (Source: National Advisory Committee on Immunization):

  • Pregnant women
  • All children 6-59 mos of age
  • Anyone over the age of 65
  • Health care workers
  • Household contacts of high risk individuals
  • Those who provide essential services
  • Indigenous population

The flu immunizations are available to high risk students, staff, and faculty by appointment only starting October 12, 2021To book an appointment please call 519-888-4096.

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