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Still on the fence about the flu shot?????

image states "keep health and get your flu shot"

image states "keep health and get your flu shot"

 

If you are opting out of a flu shot because of some rumors you have heard, let us help fact check the claims.

If you decide to change your mind and get vaccinated, call us at (252) 328-6841. We have a small supply of flu vaccine left….get it while you can! Our cases of people being sick with the flu are increasing, so don’t wait much longer to get your flu shot.

Is it too late to get my flu shot? No. We are starting to see an increase in influenza cases at SHS. This is likely to persist for the next 6 weeks or possibly longer. The flu shot offers full protection about a month after receiving it, so if you get it soon, you may still benefit from it.

I heard the flu shot wasn’t very good this year. Why should I get it? We don’t know how well the flu shot will work this year. The flu virus mutates quickly and that can make the vaccine less effective. Last year’s flu vaccine (2016-2017) was about 39% effective against all circulating types of influenza. The CDC is predicting that this year is likely to be similar. However, the flu virus mutates quickly and that means sometimes the vaccine is just not a good match for the types of virus that are floating around. That being said, the flu vaccine has been shown again and again to reduce complications of the flu such as pneumonia and to reduce hospitalizations and deaths. This suggests that those who get the vaccine are getting some protection from it, even if they do happen to catch the flu.

I got the flu shot one time and it made me sick. The flu shot cannot give you the flu. There is no live virus in the shot. It is not uncommon, though, for people to feel a bit achy after the shot. Sometimes they will develop some sinus drainage or headaches or mild elevations in body temperature. This is not the flu. The purpose of the flu shot is to put your immune system on guard against the flu. This mild ill feeling is likely an indicator that the shot is doing its job—your body is reacting to it. If you get the shot and then have fever (temp greater than 100.4), that would be an uncommon reaction and is more likely to be a different viral illness—not related to the flu shot.

There is excellent information (and much more detail) about the flu shot on the CDC website. The address is www.cdc.gov. Search:flu shot.

~Dr. Ashton Johnson, SHS Physician

Flu Shot Information

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Student Health Services (SHS) is now scheduling appointments for flu shots in September/October for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Due to early deadlines for health sciences students, our appointments in September will primarily be offered through our SHS at the Health Sciences Student Center. Appointments for our Main Campus SHS are available for late September/early October.

Flu shots are available for ECU students, staff, and faculty. SHS offers the quadrivalent vaccine, which covers 4 strains (types) of influenza likely to circulate in the United States.

Those filing the Student Health Insurance Plan (StudentBlue), BlueCross BlueShield, and MedCost can receive the flu shot at no cost; all others will be charged $38.

To schedule a flu shot appointment for September/October, call us at (252) 328-6841 during normal business hours; appointment availability for November/December will be announced later in the fall.

Flu shots now available!

Flu shots are available now to ECU students, by appointment.  Please call (252) 328-6841 to schedule.  Shots are $10–if you have the Student Health Insurance Plan, you pay nothing.  SHIP is the only insurance we file, so if you carry any other type of third party insurance, you’ll pay $10; we can send you a walk out statement if you’d like to try to file it on your insurance yourself.

We’ll be planning flu clinics out on campus soon too, so if you don’t make an appointment for your flu shot, catch us at a clinic near you.  Watch for dates/times on this blog, and our webpage!

Think it is too early to get your flu shot?  Think again.  Watch this: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=he_mid#/video/health/2012/09/03/hm-early-flu-shots.cnn