UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Health Services (UHS), a unit of Student Affairs, will host two additional flu vaccine clinics for University Park students this fall.
Both clinics will take place in the HUB-Robeson Center as follows:
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, Alumni Hall.
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, Heritage Hall.
Students can schedule their appointment now for either clinic. Appointments must be scheduled in advance through myUHS; walk-in appointments are not available.
The flu vaccination is covered by most health insurances, but resources are available for students who have concerns about the cost. Students can reach out to the UHS case manager at 814-863-0774 for more information.
Before coming to their appointment, students must complete all required forms in myUHS, upload their health insurance card, and bring their student ID with them to the visit. UHS will administer the Fluarix Quadrivalent flu vaccine, which is thimerosal-free and latex-free.
#FightFluPSU is an annual campaign run by University Health Services to help raise awareness among students about the importance of getting the flu shot and grant Penn State students free flu vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. If not treated, it can result in mild to severe illness and, at times, cause death.
“There are many reasons to get an influenza (flu) vaccination yearly,” said Valerie Fulton, UHS infectious disease manager. “Per the CDC, flu vaccination is the best way to safeguard yourself, your friends and your family members against flu and its potentially serious complications.”
Fulton said the flu vaccine's benefits include the following:
- It can help keep you from getting sick with the flu.
- It reduces the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still become sick.
- It reduces the risk of flu-associated hospitalization and is a preventive tool for people with certain chronic health conditions.
- It may protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, such as babies, young children and older adults.
For more information about the fall flu clinics, visit the flu clinic page on the UHS website.