Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Flu — also known as influenza — is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. If you have a fever, cough, fatigue or body aches, you may have the flu.
On-campus flu clinics have been scheduled and Health Services will be receiving flu vaccine soon.
You don’t have to wait - you can receive a flu shot now at many off-campus retail pharmacy locations. Contact your health insurance provider to find out which pharmacies participate with your plan.
The following pharmacies are accessible by car or mall/market campus bus service:
If you are attending an on-campus flu clinic, please bring your UB ID and insurance card with you. The out-of-pocket cost for a flu shot at an on-campus clinic is $28.
UB’s health-related professional students are required to submit proof of the influenza vaccination annually. The academic department sets the deadline. However, keep the following in mind when submitting the documentation to UB Health Services:
In addition to getting vaccinated, there are simple steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, or if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, you should seek medical care immediately.
With any contagious illness, you should try to limit contact with others to contain the spread of the disease. It is best for everyone if you remain at home (unless you’re going to see a health care provider) until you are better and no longer infectious.