The Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. In order to keep the Mason community healthy, Student Health Services will be offering flu vaccines to students, staff, and faculty this fall. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from the vaccination will last throughout the flu season. Encourage your student to visit Student Health Services to receive their flu shot during the dates and times listed below:
Tuesday, October 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairfax Campus, SUB I, Suite 2300
Tuesday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairfax Campus, Hub Ballroom
Tuesday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Prince William Campus, Occoquan Bldg
Tuesday, October 15, 3 – 6 p.m., Arlington Campus, Founders Hall
Friday, October 18, 3 – 5:30 p.m., Johnson Center, Gold Room
Thursday, October 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson Center Room 116
The flu shot is $15 for students and can be paid for by cash or check. Please also remind your student to wear short sleeves when receiving their flu shot. For further details on the benefits of receiving a flu shot and other programs offered by Student Health Services, visit shs.gmu.edu.
In addition to receiving a flu shot, encourage your student to take everyday preventive steps like staying away from people who are sick and washing his or her hands to reduce the spread of germs. If your student is sick with flu, please encourage him or her to visit Student Health Services and avoid close contact with others in order to prevent the spread of influenza.
Carol J. Filak, PhD, RN
Student Health Services