Flu Shots for UW Employees
Employee flu shot clinics are have ended for 2012.
If you're a UW employee, you should now make an appointment with your outside HCP to receive a flu shot. UW employee influenza researchers can still be seen through Occupational Health.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu shot every year.
Seasonal flu vaccine is particularly recommended for those over 50, those who have chronic medical conditions and those who are pregnant or who care for small children or who live with people who are at risk for developing complications. It is also advised for anyone who wants to reduce the chance of getting or spreading seasonal influenza.
For more information, see: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm
Ask Your Doctor if a Flu Shot is Right for You
There are some individuals who should consult a physician before being vaccinated. These include:
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- People who developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine in the past.
- People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.