Don’t Let the Flu Find You
While flu season doesn’t typically start until October, the Centers for Disease Control encourages people to start getting the vaccine now, because immunity often takes a couple weeks to develop and immunization is most effective if received prior to exposure.
What flu viruses does this season’s vaccine protect against?
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of flu viruses commonly circulate among people today: Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses.
All of the 2014-2015 influenza vaccine is made to protect against the following three viruses:
- an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
- an A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2)-like virus
- a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.
Some of the 2014-2015 flu vaccine also protects against an additional B virus (B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus).
Vaccines that give protection against three viruses are called trivalent vaccines. Vaccines that give protection against four viruses are called quadrivalent vaccines.
Since the demand for vaccinations has increased, it’s recommended that you call The Student Health Center for an appointment at 330-569-5418.
For students: This charge can be put on your student account.
For faculty, staff: If you are enrolled in the Hiram College employee insurance – this is not the free flu shot through the insurance. That information will come from Lynn Kostrab. If you do not have insurance through Hiram, you are welcome to get your flu shot here at the Health Center. However, we do not bill any insurance so you would just have to pay $25 by check or cash.