UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — University Health Services (UHS) has announced the schedule for its annual flu shot clinics and encourages Penn State students to protect themselves against the flu virus by getting the flu shot.
“Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, which attack your respiratory system — nose, throat and lungs,” said Cecilia Devonshire, infection control nurse at UHS. “The flu is commonly called the flu, but it’s not the same as stomach ‘flu’ viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea. Getting an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your friends and family against the flu. Influenza vaccines can also lessen the severity of illness and reduce the risk of developing serious complications in those who are infected.
UHS, a student affairs unit, will launch the 2022 flu vaccination clinics at the end of the month. The dates and locations — within the HUB-Robeson Center — are as follows:
October 3 – Hall of Elders
October 6 — Heritage Hall
October 11 — Heritage Hall
October 13 — Heritage Hall
October 17 — Hall of Elders
Clinics are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of its scheduled dates. Students wishing to attend must make an appointment through myUHS. Visits without an appointment are not permitted.
Prior to the appointment, students should log in to myUHS to verify that they have completed all necessary forms under the “Forms” tab and uploaded their health insurance card under the “Insurance Cards” tab. Students should bring their Penn State ID to the appointment, and they are encouraged to eat something before the vaccine is administered. More information about flu clinics can be found on the UHS Flu webpage.
If they prefer, students can schedule a private appointment with UHS—separate from the clinic—to receive a flu shot.
In addition to the clinics, UHS and Vaccinate America — a Penn State student-run organization — will host an “Influenza Vaxx Faxx” seminar Oct. 11 at the Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center at 6 p.m. More details will be announced on the UHS Facebook and Instagram accounts, @studentwellnesspsu. Refreshments will be served.