Flu cases have already begun showing up at the IU Health Center on the Bloomington campus, according to medical director Dr. Beth Rupp.
That means it's more important than ever for staff and faculty to get their flu shots this year, she said. Getting a flu shot should be the first step in preventing influenza. Anyone 6 months or older should get an annual flu shot, unless they have had a severe allergic reaction to the flu vaccine or one of its components in the past.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that during the severe 2017-18 influenza season -- notable for an unusually long duration of widespread high influenza activity throughout the U.S. and higher rates of outpatient visits and hospitalizations compared with recent seasons -- the vaccination prevented 7.1 million illnesses, 3.7 million medical visits, 109,000 hospitalizations and 8,000 deaths.
Here are some more tips from Rupp:
- It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall, preferably before the end of October.
- Getting a flu shot protects yourself but also those around you who may be particularly vulnerable to the flu.
- Groups that are at the highest risk from the flu include the elderly, infants and those with chronic medical conditions. If you regularly interact with such people, you can help protect them by getting a flu shot.
See dates and times when flu shots will be administered on your campus this fall:
- IU Bloomington
Beginning Sept. 26, flu shot clinics will be available at the following campus locations:
- Sept. 26: 2 to 4 p.m. at Bryan Hall, Room 200.
- Oct. 1: 10 a.m. to noon in the Wells Library main lobby and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Poplars Building, Room 100.
- Oct. 2: 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs north entrance lobby.
- Oct. 8: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the School of Optometry in the ground-floor basement study area. Enter from the back of the building.
- Oct. 9 and 10: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the IU Health Center in-house clinics in the first floor lobby.
- Oct. 15: 10 a.m. to noon in the School of Education atrium.
- Oct. 23: 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Facilities/Architects Office's Davis conference room and 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maurer School of Law student lounge on the ground floor.
- Oct. 24: 2 to 4 p.m. in the Cyberinfrastructure Building main lobby.
- Nov. 11: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campus Health Fair in the IMU's Alumni Hall and Solarium.
All IU employees, graduate appointees, fellowship recipients and retirees under the age of 65 covered by an IU-sponsored medical plan can receive the immunization at no cost by showing a valid medical plan ID card.
The cost is $38 for employees not covered by an IU medical plan. Clinic sites are by check only. Spouses, partners and children of employees are not eligible to attend these clinics.
Flu shot clinics will be offered at the following times:
- Oct. 3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in School of Nursing Room 127.
- Oct. 17: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the VanNuys Medical Science Building south atrium.
- Oct. 18: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Sciences Building lobby.
- Oct. 24: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the School of Dentistry, on the north side of the third floor.
- Oct 24: 2 to 4 p.m. in the VanNuys Medical Science Building south atrium.
- Oct. 25: 9 to 10 a.m. in Pediatric Care Center Room 3022.
- Oct 25: 10:30 a.m. to noon at Lockefield Village, 980 Indiana Ave. Room 1101.
- Oct. 31: 9 a.m. to noon in Emerson Hall Room 122.
Please wear clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm. Everyone should bring their CrimsonCard, and students should bring their insurance card.
Flu shots for faculty and staff are also available at IUPUI Campus Health in Suite 100 of Coleman Hall. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Bring your insurance card with you.
- IU East
The Center for Health Promotion will offer flu shots on campus in Hayes Hall Room 004 on the following dates:
- Oct. 1: 9 to 10:30 a.m.
- Oct. 3: 1 to 3 p.m.
- Oct. 7: 10 a.m. to noon
- Oct. 11: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Oct. 16: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
- Oct. 29: 10 a.m. to noon
The flu shot is free for IU insured employees and their covered spouse. Employees should bring their employee ID number and medical insurance card. The cost of the flu shot is $25 for those not on an IU medical plan and is payable at the Bursar's Office.
- IU Fort Wayne
Flu shot clinics will be announced soon. Those unable to attend a clinic are encouraged to call the Campus Health Clinic at 260-481-5748 for an appointment.
Flu shots are available for IU Fort Wayne faculty and staff, including covered family members age 13 or older, who are on an IU Anthem medical plan. There is no cost for a vaccination for IU employees, but employees must display their IU Anthem medical plan card.
- IU Kokomo
An employee flu shot clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 in KC 132. Employees should use the Vaccine Clinic Scheduler to register. The access code is Q0MxMDE4Mjg0OQ==).
Online pre-registration is necessary, but employees can come any time between 8 a.m. and noon. Bring your Anthem insurance card with you. Family members of employees are welcome to attend, but each person should register separately to ensure an adequate supply of vaccine will be available.
Adjunct and hourly employees can get a flu shot at the clinic as well, but there is a $40 charge payable by cash only.
- IU Northwest
Flu shot clinics began Sept. 9 and will be available at the Campus Health and Wellness Center on the following dates:
- Sept. 25: 1 to 3 p.m.
- Sept. 26: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sept. 30: 10 a.m. to noon.
- Oct. 2: 1 to 3 p.m.
- Oct. 3: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For employees who have IU health insurance, no payment is needed, but you must bring both your CrimsonCard and IU insurance card.
Employees who do not have IU insurance may receive the vaccine for a $20 fee.
The flu shot clinic for this campus has already happened.
- IU South Bend
The IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center will offer walk-in flu shot clinics from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1 in Vera Z. Dwyer Hall, 1960 Northside Blvd.
There will also be several "on the go" sites for clinics around campus from 8 a.m. to noon each Thursday in October. Those dates and locations are:
- Oct. 3: Grill/Fireside A/B in the Administration Building.
- Oct. 10: Student Activity Center 221 and 223.
- Oct. 17: Education and Arts 1100 and 1101.
- Oct. 24: Northside 018 East Lounge.
- Oct. 31: Wiekamp DW 3001.
An additional "on the go" clinic will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in Library 301. Another opportunity to receive a flu shot will be available in a tent on the "greenlawn" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23, weather permitting.
Employees covered by an IU-sponsored medical plan can receive a flu shot at no cost by showing a valid IU medical plan ID card and providing a university ID number. For others, the cost is $25 and a form of ID is required.
For additional information, call the Health and Wellness Center at 574-520-5557.
- IU Southeast
All on-campus flu shot clinics for staff and faculty have already been completed. However, employees covered under an IU health plan can get a free flu shot at any CVS pharmacy. To receive a shot at the pharmacy, employees or their family members covered by an IU insurance plan should be prepared to present their IU medical insurance card.
The flu shot is available at other pharmacies that honor IU's insurance. However, please note that Walgreens does not accept IU's insurance.