The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host a faculty and staff flu clinic Oct. 1.
The clinic will be held from 12 until 4 p.m. in the Sage Hall lobby.
Payment: Bring a copy of your insurance card (Network, United, WEA, etc). Affinity Health will provide vaccine for Network subscribers and bill Network directly. The Visiting Nurses Association(VNA) will provide vaccine to all other insurance subscribers and those without insurance. The VNA will bill your insurance directly.
Why should I get vaccinated? Last flu season was another reminder of how unpredictable and severe influenza (flu) can be. Adults younger than 65 experienced a relatively high rate of severe flu illness. Nearly 60 percent of the flu-associated hospitalizations reported to CDC were in people age 18 to 64 years old, a trend also seen during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic season. Public health officials are encouraging vaccination for all individuals age 6 months and older to prepare for the upcoming flu season. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
How do flu vaccines work? Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The seasonal 2014-2015 flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called trivalent vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus. The trivalent influenza vaccine is “inactivated”, these vaccine do not contain any live influenza virus.
For more details on influenza please visit www.cdc.gov/flu
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