Flu season will soon be upon us and every year, UW-Madison sees its share of influenza. Take advantage of the one of UW-Madison’s workplace flu shot clinics to protect yourself.
The first flu shot clinic of the season for faculty and staff will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the WARF, from 8 am to 4 pm. There will be clinics at 12 additional locations through Oct. 29. These clinics will be for faculty and staff only; student flu shots will be given at different times in separate locations.
Visit www.uhs.wisc.edu/campus-health/uw-flu-shots.shtml for a full list of walk-in clinics. No appointment is needed. (Sorry, but these clinics cannot offer flu shots to spouses/partners or children.)
What to bring
Bring your health insurance card. If you have Dean Care, Group Health Cooperative, Physicians Plus or Unity, payment will be processed directly to your health insurance provider. Otherwise, there will be a $31 fee for the shot (payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard).
As an alternative to the injectable vaccine, FluMist will also be available for $33. You will receive a receipt to submit to your health insurance provider for possible reimbursement. Shots will be administered by Home Health United.
The flu is serious
Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu shot every year. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.
If you get sick
If you develop flu-like symptoms (fever with a cough and/or sore throat), it is a campus expectation that faculty, staff, and students stay home from work and class, and limit contact with others until you are completely free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. This will take 3 to 5 days for most people.
Help keep campus healthy
Visit www.uhs.wisc.edu/campus-health/uw-flu-shots.shtml for free, printable resources, including flu shot, hand washing, and cover your cough flyers.