Fall is here, a time when people begin thinking about cooler weather, fall leaves, pumpkin spiced everything and the annual flu shot.
Flu shot clinics on the IU Bloomington campus begin Sept. 28 and are available to students, faculty and staff.
“The most important thing to know about the flu shot is to get one,” said Nancy Macklin, director of nursing at the IU Health Center. “Flu viruses are constantly changing, so it is important to get a flu shot every year. Everyone over 6 months old should get a flu shot unless they have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a flu shot or one of its components.”
Flu shots are available at on-campus flu clinics and at the IU Health Center. The Health Center Flu Shot Clinic takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 11 to 14. Shots will be given in the first-floor lobby, and free parking is available. You may schedule your appointment online or by phone at 812-855-7688, option 1. Walk ins also are welcome.
The IU Bloomington Flu Shot clinic schedule:
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28, Service Building, (Range Road) Davis Conference Room.
- 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 4, Maurer School of Law, ground-floor student lounge, Room 001.
- 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5, School of Education Atrium.
- 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, Poplars Room 185.
- 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18, the Cyberinfrastructure lobby (10th and the Bypass).
- 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Business/SPEA lobby, North Entrance.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 27, School of Optometry, Room 108.
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10, the IU Health Fair at the Indiana Memorial Union, Alumni Hall Solarium.
More information about IU Bloomington’s flu shot clinics, including cost, is available online.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only injectable flu shots are recommended this season, and flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. This year, the IU Health Center will be providing quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
Influenza is highly contagious, said Diana Ebling, medical director of the IU Health Center. It can spread rapidly in close living arrangements, social gatherings and classrooms, all of which are common situations at IU.
In addition to receiving the vaccine, Ebling recommends everyone wash their hands frequently, avoid those who are sick and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising and reducing stress. If you do become sick, stay home to avoid spreading it to others.