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FLU SHOTS are available to the campus community AND general public at the Campus Health Center for $38 per shot. We will begin administering FLU SHOTS beginning October 3, 2011. Please call (831) 582-3965 to schedule your appointment.
Because we offer discounted fees for the flu shot, we will not bill your insurance carrier. Payment is expected at the time of service. We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.
According to the CDC, the 2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and influenza B. Getting the flu vaccine soon after it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.
You can help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses! Influenza is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). Because the virus travels from person to person, there are many simple things you can do to keep from getting the flu.
Should I get a flu shot?
You might consider getting a flu shot, and if you are in a high-risk group, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated.
Simple Steps to Prevent and Treat the Flu
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Manage stress.
- Eat a well balanced diet.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands! (Use hand sanitizer or soap and warm water for 20 seconds.)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
- Clean your environment with a household disinfectant.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Manage a mild flu with lots of rest, fluids and healthy food.
H1N1 Flu, Seasonal Flu and Pandemics
You've probably heard a lot about H1N1 or "swine" flu in the media. H1N1 is a different strain of flu from the seasonal flu, but fortunately most cases of H1N1 are mild and DO NOT require hospitalization. Most patients recover quickly with no problem.
The term pandemic refers to the number and spread of flu infections worldwide and not the severity of the symptoms. The best way to combat a flu pandemic is to prevent the spread of the illness.
If you think you have flu, stay home and avoid contact with others, practice good hygiene, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you think you need medical treatment, call the Campus Health Center or your doctor first. We may be able to advise you over the phone rather than have you come into the office where you can infect others.