Flu Vaccines – Each fall we offer a free flu vaccine to students in order to protect them against influenza.
Why get vaccinated? – Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads every winter, usually between October and May. It is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its complications. The vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person. UHS gives an injectable flu vaccine, which is either a “inactivated” or recombinant” vaccine. These vaccines do not contain any live influenza virus. It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination, and protection last several months to a year.
A cold and the flu (influenza) are two different illnesses. Download the Cold vs. Flu flyer today to make sure you know the difference.