Campus News

November 8, 2010

Take Note

Take a shot against flu

Take advantage of the opportunity to protect yourself against the flu at the remaining flu shot clinics held on campus through Dec. 8. View the 2010 Flu Shot Clinic Schedule (PDF).

“In order to be protected against seasonal influenza, you must get a flu shot each and every year,” says Michael Huey, executive director of Emory University Student Health and Counseling Services.

Flu shots are free to benefits-eligible Emory faculty and staff. Campuswide, 24 flu shot clinics were planned, and half of those have been completed as of Nov. 8.

The 2010-11 influenza vaccine will protect against three different flu virus strains: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.

“This year, the CDC is recommending flu shots for everyone over 6 months of age,” says Huey, adding that immunization is particularly important for individuals with asthma, diabetes, heart disease and chronic illnesses.

Circulating flu viruses change every year, Huey notes. “Even if you got the H1N1 vaccine [or the H1N1 illness] last year, you should be vaccinated again this year.”

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