University Health Services encourages students to get their flu shot now, to be ready when flu season arrives. You can get your flu shot at the University Health Services, at your healthcare provider’s office, or at a local pharmacy.
Flu—more formally known as influenza—is a serious viral disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu viruses are spread by droplets when people infected with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu also is spread by touching a surface or object that has flu viruses on it. Although influenza viruses circulate year-round, flu activity peaks between December and February most years, but can last as late as May in the United States.
This flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is emphasizing that getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By decreasing the spread of flu, our healthcare systems and medical resources can focus on caring for COVID-19 patients.
The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of communicable disease. These actions include:
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Wear a mask when sick with cough/cold symptoms.