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, 2021. To book an appointment please call 519-888-4096.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Why should I get vaccinated against Influenza?
- Getting vaccinated is the best protection against influenza, a serious and sometimes fatal infection for those over 65 years and in other high-risk groups. When you get vaccinated, you help protect others as well as yourself by reducing the spread of the influenza virus.
- Why do I need an Influenza vaccine every year?
- Influenza viruses are constantly changing, so each year, the viruses used to make the vaccine change to protect you against the viruses circulating that year. Additionally, protection from the influenza vaccine declines over time.