A steady flow of Huskers are stepping up for inoculations against influenza.
Through a series of walk-in clinics that ended Oct. 30, the University Health Center gave 2,509 flu shots to University of Nebraska–Lincoln students. Including appointments within the health center, a combined 3,232 students, faculty and staff have received flu shots this fall.
“This year, with continued concerns about COVID-19 and the beginning of flu season, it is more important than ever to do all we can to keep ourselves healthy,” said Britt Otte, clinic manager at the University Health Center. “Symptoms of the two viruses are very similar and, if you are immunized against the flu, it will most likely make your life easier.”
While the flu shot does not protect against coronavirus, it offers other health benefits. Primarily, it can reduce the risk of getting the flu and help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Learn more about the vaccine and its benefits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It takes approximately two weeks after an inoculation to have immunity,” Otte said. “Anyone preparing to travel during the holidays, especially students going home at Thanksgiving, should plan to get a flu shot sooner rather than later.”
The University Health Center continues to offer flu inoculations to the campus community via appointment. Access is free for students. Faculty and staff will be charged for the service, but are eligible for coverage through insurance plans.
The health center offers flu shot appointments weekdays. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule. Walk-ins are not accepted.
For more information on the flu vaccine, including frequently asked questions and details on how the University Health Center is protecting patients from COVID-19, click here.