FLU VACCINES AVAILABLE AT UHS
Thank you to the members of the Princeton community who chose to protect themselves and others by getting a flu vaccine at FluFest 2013.
If you missed FluFest, you can still get a flu shot at University Health Services:
- Free for students, faculty and staff.
- Students call 258-3141 or log onto www.princeton.edu/MyUHS for an appointment
- Faculty and staff call 258-5135
- Cost for dependents $25
- Ages 16 and up only
FLU VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS
Receiving your flu vaccination may decrease your chances of becoming ill from the bacteria that can cause meningitis. Certain illnesses like the flu may weaken your ability to resist other infections. Please note, however, the flu shot is not a vaccination against meningitis. For more information on meningitis and additional ways to keep yourself healthy this season, please visit: http://web.princeton.edu/sites/emergency/meningitis.html.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the single best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get an annual influenza vaccination. The CDC and the state of New Jersey recommend vaccinations for the seasonal flu as soon as possible to allow ample time for the body to make antibodies that protect against the seasonal influenza virus infection.
Anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated. Certain people should get vaccinated because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for high risk persons. People at high risk for complications from the flu include:
- Pregnant women
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, diabetes or other conditions which compromise immune function
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu, including: Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above) and home caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
- For more information about influenza and the vaccine, please visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.