Frequently Asked Questions about the Flu Vaccine
How do I know which vaccine form is right for me?
The nasal-spray flu vaccine (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.
The flu shot is recommended for anyone who is at least 6 months of age, including healthy people, individuals with chronic medical conditions, and women who are pregnant.
Individuals who have ever had a severe allergic reaction to eggs (symptoms other than hives) should not be vaccinated via either typical flu shot or FluMist. However, a new vaccine called FluBlok, which is not available at FluFest or UHS, may be administered to individuals with severe allergic reaction to eggs. Please see an allergist or non-UHS medical professional for more information.
What is the cost of the vaccine?
The shot, with or without thimerosal, will cost $25. The FluMist will cost $30. Payments can be made by cash or check only.
Who has to pay for the vaccine?
Dependents, alumni, credit union staff, community auditors, Carebridge staff, TIAA CREF staff, Vanguard staff, nannies, and eating club managers and workers are welcome to attend FluFest. They will be charged $30 for FluMist or $25 for the flu shot. Payments can be made by cash or check only.
Do I have to have my parent’s permission if I am less than 18 years old?
Yes, at FluFest parental consent is required for all persons under the age of 18. 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. The form can be found here.
May children receive the vaccines?
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year, however, at FluFest, we can only provide vaccines for children age 9 and older. Parental consent is required for all persons under the age of 18. Please obtain signature in advance on the consent form and bring it to FluFest. The rest of the form can be completed at FluFest. The form can be found by clicking here.
What impact will the flu vaccine have on my risk of contracting meningitis?
Certain diseases or infections may weaken resistance to infection. Receiving your flu vaccination may decrease your chances of contracting 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
If I am sick during FluFest, can I still get the vaccine at FluFest?
If you are taking antibiotics or have a fever you should not receive the vaccine. If you are a student, please make an appointment at UHS for the vaccine by calling (609) 258-3141 when you are well. If you are an employee, please call Employee Health at UHS at (609) 258-5035.
If I will be away during FluFest, what do I do?
If you are a student, please make an appointment at UHS for the vaccine by calling (609) 258-3141. If you are an employee, please call Employee Health at UHS at (609) 258-5035.
I’m pregnant. Can I get the vaccine?
Because flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant, the CDC recommends the flu shot for pregnant women in particular. More information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm Pregnant women may not receive the Flu Mist vaccine.
Are Thimerosal-free vaccines available at FluFest?
Yes, thimerosal-free vaccines will be available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.
What is the difference between trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines?
A Quadrivalent vaccine contains four strains (2 A strains, 2 B strains) of the influenza virus. This is available at FluFest and UHS only in the FluMist form. A Trivalent vaccine contains 3 strains (2 A strains, 1 B strain) of the influenza virus. This is available at FluFest and UHS only in the flu shot form.
Can I get my flu vaccine and other vaccinations at the same time?
If you intend to be vaccinated with live vaccines (e.g. Measles, Chickenpox, Yellow Fever) and are choosing to receive the influenza vaccine via the FluMist, all vaccines need to be given on the same day or at least 30 days apart. However, the flu shot can be given at any time, in combination with any other vaccines.
If my question is not answered here, what do I do?
If you have not found the answer to your question about FluFest on this website, please call (609) 258-3141.