Sullivan Center Offers Employee Flu Shots
The Joseph F. Sullivan Center will offer seasonal flu shots to faculty and staff in October, starting at the Benefits Fair Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum. Shots are available to both active and retired employees for $25. Cash and check will be accepted.
Walk-in clinics also are planned throughout the month of October at the Sullivan Center located in Edwards Hall. Contact 656-3076 for more information or if you are interested in partnering to have a flu clinic in your area of campus.
The Sullivan Center has already received vaccine shipments. For individuals who need to get a vaccine early due to high-risk conditions or travel, it is available now by appointment only.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the seasonal flu vaccine. Early vaccination of people with chronic health problems is strongly recommended. Chronic medical conditions include asthma; heart disease; blood disease; endocrine, kidney, liver or metabolic disorders; a weakened immune system from cancer, HIV or long-term steroid use; or long-term aspirin therapy in individuals younger than 19 years old.
Vaccination in October is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest in this region. The CDC recommends the annual vaccination even for those who received the vaccine for last season.
More information about the flu and the flu vaccine:
CDC flu vaccine Q&A: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/fluvaccine.htm
CDC 2011-12 flu season Q&A: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2011-2012.htm