Two dates available to receive flu vaccines, Jan. 24 and Feb. 2

January 12, 2012

University Health Services (UHS) will offer two flu vaccine clinics this spring. Shelley Haffner, UHS infection control nurse manager, reminds students, "It's not too late to get vaccinated. Flu season hasn't hit yet this year."

The vaccine clinics are available at UHS for all Penn State students and student spouses covered by the Penn State student health insurance plan. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments ahead of time and may schedule appointments online at up to one week in advance of each clinic date. Thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, vaccines will be free.

The flu vaccine clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 2  in 205 Student Health Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

An annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive the flu vaccine each year. Those at high risk for serious complications from the flu include infants, the elderly, individuals with a chronic medical condition (such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, organ transplant, etc.), or individuals who are immune-compromised due to illness or medication use.

This year’s flu vaccine includes components from the same influenza virus strains as last year. The strains covered this year, including the pandemic H1N1, are well matched to the three strains that circulated last flu season in the Northern Hemisphere and have been present during this year’s flu season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Frequent handwashing, proper nutrition and adequate rest can reduce your susceptibility to influenza and other infectious disease. Covering your mouth and nose when sneezing can also decrease the chance of infecting others. Be sure to dispose of facial tissues properly and avoid sharing personal items (such as toothbrushes or drinks).

Additional information and resources about caring for yourself during cold and flu season are available at or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Additional information and resources on good hand hygiene are available at

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Last Updated April 19, 2017