Be a flu fighter by getting your annual flu shot!

Next Flu Shot Clinic
Date: Thursday, November 6
Time:
1pm-4pm
Location: SUB 1, Suite 2300
Walk ins welcome!

“The best prevention against the flu is the flu shot. Getting vaccinated is a way to help protect yourself, your family, and our Mason community, including those who may not be able to get the flu shot because they are immuno-compromised.” states Wagida Abdalla, Executive Director of Student Health Services. Another vital way to protect yourself and others against the flu, or other illness, is to frequently wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and to stay home if you are sick.

“Students may have heard they can get the flu from the vaccine, but this is a myth. While there can be side effects from the flu shot, it is not the flu.” explains Eileen Neunaber, Registered Nurse at Student Health and the flu shot clinics organizer. Some common side effects from the flu shot can include redness or soreness at the injection site, fatigue, headache or fever. This is a normal immune system response to the vaccine. It takes about 2 weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination and protection lasts several months to a year.

Students can just walk-in during the on-campus flu clinics. Or, they can call (703-993-2831) and schedule an appointment for a flu shot at the Fairfax, Arlington, or Prince William Clinics. The cost of the flu shot is $20 for students or $25 for faculty/staff. Students who have the Mason Aetna Student Health insurance can get their flu shot at Student Health Services for FREE; your insurance covers the cost of the flu vaccination.

Students with other insurances should check with their insurance provider about coverage prior to receiving their flu shot. Student Health can provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance company.

Want to learn more about the flu?

Student Health Services http://shs.gmu.edu/healthed/flu/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Virginia Department of Health http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/flu/

Affordable Care Act – Vaccine Coverage http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/factsheets/2010/09/The-Affordable-Care-Act-and-Immunization.html

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