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Grad students: Be sure to get your free flu shot

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 21, there will be five flu shot outreach clinics for current degree-seeking students (undergraduate, graduate and professional program) hosted by University Health Services. Students can also make an appointment to get flu shots at UHS starting Monday, Oct. 2.

There are many reasons to get a flu shot:

  • Flu shots are free for students. The cost of the flu shot is covered by their student health fees.
  • Getting a flu shot promotes academic success as it lessens students’ chances of coursework interruption due to a major illness.
  • Students with chronic health conditions—such as asthma, diabetes, or immune disorders—are at additional risk and are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot every year.
  • Flu shots help reduce the transmission of the virus if more people are immunized; the flu won’t spread as fast in a highly immunized population.
  • Seasonal flu outbreaks typically happen as early as October and last as late as May. It is best to get vaccinated early. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
  • Vaccination needs to be done annually.

The outreach clinics will be held:

Date Location Time
Sept. 21 Bascom Hill 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 29 Gordon Dining – Symphony Room Noon – 5 p.m.
Oct. 16 College Library 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oct. 27 Health Sciences Learning Center Noon – 3 p.m.
Nov. 16 Union South – TITU 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/flu-2017/.

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