2011-2012 Flu Information

Get your flu vaccine now at Student Health Service!

Flu vaccine costs $25 and is covered by PSIP or bursar.

Flu vaccines by appointment at Student Health Service.

  

2011-12 CDC Flu Information 

 

2011-12 CDC Flu Vaccine Information Sheet (PDF)

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  

 Q: What does this year's flu vaccine protect against?

A: This year's seasonal vaccine protects against 3 different strains of viruses- 2 strains of influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) and 1 strain of influenza B (B Brisbane).

Q: I got the H1N1 flu shot last year.  Why do I need another one this year?

A: Immunity from flu vaccines is not thought to be long lasting, therefore individuals should be revaccinated against influenza each year.

Q: Who should be vaccinated?

A: Flu vaccine recommended for all people in the US over age 6 months.

Q: Why vaccinate healthy Penn students?

A: According to our research (Penn Health and Wellness Survey 2010) common infectious respiratory illnesses like cold and flu are one of the top three health issues which negatively impact Penn students' academic performance.  If a Penn student has influenza, they could easily lose up to one week of classes and study time. 

In addition, a well vaccinated population lowers the risk of infection for those who are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu (young children, elderly, pregnant women and immune compromised individuals.)

 

Q: Does Student Health have thimerosal-free flu vaccine?

A: Yes. However, according to the CDC, there is no convincing evidence of harm caused by thimerosal in vaccines.