Flu shots are now available at the University Health Center! More details below.Students Faculty/staff Flu shot FAQs
Student Flu Shot Overview
Flu shots are FREE for students! Make an appointment at the University Health Center by calling 402.472.5000.
Bring the following with you to your flu shot appointment:
- The 2018-19 Flu Vaccination Form
- If you are 18 years or younger, state law requires that we have parental permission to give you a flu shot at the health center. You have two options:
- Your parent or guardian can fill out, have notarized and send the health center a Power of Attorney form. You may bring this with you to your flu shot appointment. If your parent or guardian has already submitted this form, another submission is not required
- We will call your parent or guardian at the time of your flu shot appointment at the health center for verbal consent
Faculty/staff Flu Shot Overview
Unless your department has prearranged payment for your flu shot, faculty and staff must schedule an appointment at the health center to receive a flu shot and are not eligible to attend walk-in flu shot clinics.These appointments are limited and may require a short wait. If a faculty or staff member whose department has paid for their flu shot cannot attend the special department-paid walk-in clinic on Oct. 3, they are eligible to attend any of the student walk-in flu shot clinics listed above.
At this time, we are not offering the high dose (65+) flu vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions
We will be giving FLUARIX Quadrivalent flu shots, which protect against four different flu viruses.
In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Learn More
The annual influenza vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the disease. While getting vaccinated doesn't guarantee that you won't get the flu, if you do, it will likely be less severe.
You should get vaccinated yearly, because the virus changes very rapidly and immunity from the previous year's vaccine declines throughout the year. Even if you got a flu shot last year, you should still get another one this year.
Getting your yearly influenza immunization will likely decrease your chance of severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and death. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of people who get the flu experience secondary infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis or otitis. Preventing influenza also prevents these secondary problems associated with the flu. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 700,000 people were hospitalized last year for influenza-related illnesses.
When you get your yearly influenza vaccination, you are not only protecting yourself, but also protecting the people you love and people in your community who are at higher risk for serious complications. Babies, elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk for complications from influenza, including pneumonia and death.
While you can't get the flu from the flu shot, some mild muscle aches and even a low grade fever are not uncommon for a day or two following the flu shot. However, these symptoms are nothing in comparison to influenza, which can cause high fever and severe debilitating muscle aches. And, depending on a person's immune system, the flu can progress to serious complications. Learn More