Campus Health is offering a flu shot clinic on the UA Mall for those in the UA community. The clinic is open today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The federal government will supply the H1N1 vaccine at no charge to recipients. The seasonal flu shot, however, will cost $15, which can be billed to insurance providers.
""As we enter the peak period of the traditional annual flu season — January through March — it is especially important for everyone to get a flu shot if they have not already done so,"" said Harry McDermott, executive director of Campus Health Service.
McDermott says many health experts predict a third wave of the H1N1 flu during the next few months, especially in Northern Hemisphere communities.
According to Campus Health, the vaccine is now more readily available, so any person who wants the vaccination is eligible. However, those in high-risk categories are more strongly encouraged to get the vaccine. These high-risk groups include pregnant women, caregivers of children under six months, people between ages six months and 24, and anyone between ages 24 and 64 who has a chronic medical condition.
Those who are unable to attend today's clinic may visit the Campus Health Service Immunization Clinic located off the main lobby of Campus Health, 1224 E. Lowell St. in Highland Commons. The H1N1 vaccine and a limited supply of the seasonal flu vaccine will be available there.