Protect the Pack by getting a flu vaccine

Protecting the Pack is about protecting ourselves, protecting each other and protecting our community. Do your part by attending one of NIU’s Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Clinics taking place Sept. 24 and Oct. 14 at the Holmes Student Center.

Every Huskie is expected to take very simple, responsible measures to keep one another safe. Getting a flu vaccine is one measure – and a key way that Huskies take care of Huskies.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it will reduce a person’s risk from flu. Additionally, some research suggests that influenza and COVID-19 co-infections can result in more severe disease in high-risk patients.

“We have consistently heard from public health officials regarding how important it is that our students and employees get flu shots this fall,” said Matt Streb, NIU’s Chief of Staff to the President and liaison to the Board of Trustees. “Doing so will help keep our community healthy and provide relief for a public health system that’s strained.”

Beth Squires, Public Health coordinator, NIU School of Health Studies, shared the sentiment.

“If the majority of individuals receive the flu shot, it will help reduce the transmission of influenza in the university community,” Squires said.

Getting a flu shot helps prevent individuals from contracting the flu or lessens its severity, Squires said, and it also helps others.

2020 Annual Campus
Flu Vaccine Clinics

Where: Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom

When: Thursday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why: Flu season is approaching! Protect the Pack by getting a flu vaccine this fall.

Please bring a completed and signed form along with insurance card and photo ID. Remember to dress so that your upper arm is accessible.

Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness and those who aren’t able to receive the flu shot,” Squires said.

This year’s flu vaccine clinics will be held in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. Individuals are required to schedule a five-minute appointment online in order to minimize the number of people in the clinic at one time. In addition, a client form is available to download, print and complete to bring to the appointment.

If you have any questions or need assistance scheduling an appointment, contact or call the Employee Assistance and Training Center office at 815-753-9191.

Students, retirees on Medicare, spouses of employees, or state employees that do not have insurance through one of the State of Illinois plans will need to bring a copy of their insurance card. The cost of a flu vaccine for anyone without insurance is $38.

Go to NIU Flu Shot Clinic to learn more. Your fellow Huskies and the DeKalb community are counting on you.

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Source: NIU Today CHHS News

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