UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — University Health Services (UHS), a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is administering flu shots for all students in the Student Health Center at University Park and at its in-house clinic.
The influenza virus (flu) is a contagious upper respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, and even death, if left untreated. The single best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu shot every year.
To help keep Penn State students safe, UHS will host an in-house flu vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Student Health Center by appointment only. If students are unavailable to attend the in-house clinic, they can schedule a flu shot appointment at any time via myUHS. For more details on the in-house clinic, visit the UHS flu webpage.
Over the fall break, students are encouraged to schedule a flu shot with their family doctor or through a local pharmacy if they have not already received one. Students can find flu vaccines in their area via the Vaccine Finder website.
Flu season runs from early October to late May, with peaks between December and February, so it is crucial for students to get vaccinated now.
“The COVID pandemic has certainly heightened everyone's awareness about respiratory illnesses, which is good,” said Valerie Fulton, UHS infectious disease manager. “UHS can provide more sensitive testing for ill patients, and we are currently testing for flu and COVID together via PCR test. Previous years flu counts for this time of year were low. As of Oct. 28 to Nov. 17, we have had 179 cases of flu A. The flu strain that was isolated is the A H3N3, which was one of the strains added to the quadrivalent flu vaccine for the 2021-22 flu season.”