Five reasons you’ll want to get the flu vaccine this year

Flu season is upon us. If getting the flu vaccination wasn’t already in your plans, it should be. Need convincing? We’ve put together a list of the top five reasons you’ll want to get your free vaccine this year.

  1. It helps you avoid getting sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations in 2016-2017.
  2. It protects those around you. By getting your flu vaccine you are helping keep those who can’t get the vaccine—like children younger than 6 months, or those who have severe allergies to the vaccine—healthy too.
  3. You’ll help in preventing the spread of the flu. You can pass on the flu to others before you even realize you are sick. In some cases, it’s even possible to be infected with the flu virus and not have any symptoms. During this time, the virus is being spread to those around you without you even knowing it.
  4. If you do get the flu, you can bounce back quicker. Instead of being sick for seven to ten days, it may only take two to three days to recover.
  5. It’s free to all UI Health Care employees and volunteers! Getting the vaccine is quick and easy. It takes only a few minutes to save yourself from the possibility of fever, chills, aches, headaches, and more.

What are you waiting for? Become a flu fighter today!

Vaccines are available in the University Employee Health Center (UEHC) (Elevator A, Level 1). Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We also have several additional dates and times for you to get vaccinated. Don’t forget to take the flu survey on ReadySet beforehand (it’s easy—just use your Hawk ID and password to login!) and bring your UI Health care badge. It will save you time in the clinic.

You must receive the influenza vaccine (from here or elsewhere) or decline it in order to comply with the 2019 Flu Campaign.