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Student Flu Vaccination Clinic October 12, University of Virginia

October 10, 2017
To: 
Parents of University Students
From: 
Department of Student Health

Dear UVA Parent:

University of Virginia students can protect themselves against influenza (i.e., the flu) by taking advantage of the Flu Vaccination Clinic offered by the Department of Student Health. We hope you will encourage your student to take advantage of this immunization program.

Clinic Details:

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Newcomb Hall Ballroom
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (No appointment needed.)
Costs: $30 is payable at time of service by cash, check, or credit card. If needed, students will receive a receipt to submit to their insurance company.
Aetna Insurance: All Aetna plans will be billed automatically. Students must have their Aetna insurance card available.

Important: If your child is under the age of 18, you will need to complete and sign a consent form that is available on the Student Health website. Your under-18 daughter or son will be required to have this form with them to receive the flu vaccine.

Maxim Health System, our private vaccine provider company, will administer the flu vaccine.

Information about Influenza

Influenza ("the flu") can lead to medical complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or ear infections. Students are encouraged to be immunized against influenza annually to prevent an outbreak, which can occur very quickly. With the rigorous demands of college life, even a short illness can cause a setback in studies and hinder academic achievement. College students at high risk of complications from the flu, such as those with diabetes or asthma, or any students who want to minimize disruption of their routine activities during flu season, should seriously consider being immunized against influenza. The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting vaccinated against influenza as soon as the 2017-18 flu season vaccine becomes available.

Influenza seasons are unpredictable and can begin as early as October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. For everyone, getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season. It's important to get a flu vaccine every year, even if you got vaccinated the season before and the viruses in the vaccine have not changed for the current season. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

For more information about this clinic, please see the Student Health website or call 434-982-3915.

Sincerely,

Department of Student Health
www.virginia.edu/studenthealth