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FLU SHOT INFORMATION AND INFLUENZA PREVENTION

2016-17 FLU SHOTS (Influenza Vaccinations) and INFLUENZA PREVENTION

It's worth a shot to stay healthy!

Although our special Emory Student Health Services flu shot clinics ended in December 2016, flu shots are still available at EUSHS by making an Immunization Nurse appointment.  Flu shots are $30 for students (including the intradermal flu vaccine).  Many insurance companies will reimburse all or part of the vaccine cost and flu shots are covered 100% for students on the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.  Your Emory ID and personal insurance card are required for verification at the time of your flu shot. 

To prevent the spread of influenza, the CDC also recommends the following strategies:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, seek medical evaluation early.  Anti-viral medications can help reduce the severity of illness for many patients with influenza if started early enough.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

The CDC is recommending flu shots for all persons over 6 months of age.  Flu shots are particularly important for individuals with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic illnesses which weaken the immune system, persons over age 65 and for those who care for susceptible children or the elderly. In short, all Emory students should get a flu shot this year!

For answers to frequently asked questions about influenza, flu shots and the vaccine, visit the CDC flu website at www.cdc.gov/flu.  For more information about influenza vaccinations and prevention, please visit the Student Health Service website.

Once again this year, it’s worth a shot to stay healthy and prevent the flu!

Revised: 1/20/17