Flu Vaccine: Flu Shot vs. FluMist
Faculty and staff
Flu shots, when available, are given twice during Fall Semester by an outside provider. Go to Health Promotion's Calendar for the next scheduled clinic or call 262-6314 for more information. You must bring your insurance card and ASU ID. If you are in a high risk population we advise you to see your personal health care provider or call the Appalachian District Health Department (264-6635) regarding their availability of the vaccine. You can place your name on their priority list and if they receive more vaccine you will be called.
When available, students can come to the Health Service Immunization Clinic:
Monday - Friday between 8:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:30 - 3:30 PM (except Wednesdays)
Wednesdays: 9:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:30 - 3:30 PM
There is a 20-minute wait following administration of any vaccination.
For more general information about the flu vaccine go to http://www.cdc.gov/
High risk individuals should be extra diligent about getting the seasonal influenza vaccinations since they may be more susceptible for the infection and potential complications.
Who is in the high risk groups?
- All children aged 6 - 23 months
- Adults aged 65 years and older
- Persons aged 2 - 64 years with chronic health problems
- All women who will be pregnant during the flu season
- Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
- Children 6 months - 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy
- Health care workers with direct patient care, and
- Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts with children under 6 months of age
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
There are two types of flu vaccines:
The "flu shot" is a dead virus (inactivated vaccine) that is given with a needle. The seasonal flu shot is approved for use in people 6 months of age and older, including healthy people, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.
The nasal spray "FluMist" flu vaccine is a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu. The Nasal Spray vaccine is approved for use in healthy* people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.
FluMist™ is a nasal mist flu vaccine available in the US. It is indicated for healthy children and adults, 5 to 49 years of age.
How does it work?
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common.
For more information on FluMist™ go to: http://www.flumist.com
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Fall Clinic Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fall Weekends: Limited Services:
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pharmacy is CLOSED on weekends and during Semester Breaks