University Health Services invites you to join us at FluFest, our seasonal influenza immunization clinic and health fair, located in Frist Campus Center, Level B. Immunizations are free for current faculty, staff and students and are available for a fee for dependents age 9 years and older. No appointments are necessary.
Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
You must bring your ID card in order to receive the free vaccine. Dependents will be charged $36 for FluMist or $25 for the flu shot. Payments can be made by cash or check only.
Know Your Numbers Screenings
Wednesday, October 8andThursday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Four basic tests can provide you with a snapshot of your health and indicate a roadmap for maintaining or improving it. They are: blood pressure, waist circumference, cholesterol levels and glucose (blood sugar) level. Even if you feel fine, you should know your numbers. You can find out your numbers at FluFest at the Know Your Number stations.
Wednesday, October 8andThursday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The following will be available:
- Muscular strength and flexibility screenings provided by Campus Recreation
- Information on wellness programs through the benefits providers, including Carebridge, My Health Coach and Best Doctors, Inc., provided by Human Resources for employees
- Healthy snacks and information on health seasonal eating at Princeton provided by Dining Services
- Informational handouts and activities on staying healthy provided by the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB)
Flu Vaccine Recommendations
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 each year either 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)
Flu Vaccine Options
We are pleased to provide you with the option to choose from two forms of influenza vaccines: The flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine ( FluMist®) . Both options are highly effective for preventing influenza. For more information about influenza and types of vaccines, please visit the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm. Participants should follow CDC guidelines in selecting their vaccine option.
- The flu shot: An inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than six months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
- The nasal-spray flu vaccine (FluMist®): A vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu. FluMist is approved for use in healthy people (those who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications) two to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.
Please note: If you intend to be vaccinated for live vaccines (e.g. Measles, Chickenpox, Yellow Fever) the flu mist needs to be given on the same day or at least 30 days apart. However, the flu shot can be given at any time.
Persons Under Age 18
Parental consent is required for all persons under the age of 18. Recipients less than 18 years of age must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian prior to receiving vaccination. Please obtain a signature in advance on the consent form for either the flu shot or the FluMist and bring the signed form to FluFest. The rest of the form can be completed at FluFest. Links to the forms can be found in the box above.
Further Questions About FluFest
Answers to more specific questions about FluFest can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.