Don’t Let the Flu Find You
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), getting a flu vaccination is the best way to keep from getting and spreading the virus, and the good news is it’s available at the Health Center.
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?
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October, if possible. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 season. As of 9/2/2016, 52.7 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have been distributed.
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common during the upcoming season.
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 traditional students: Flu shots are covered under your student insurance.
For faculty, staff: 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 have to pay $30 by check or cash.
- Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), 2016.