The winter season also means the return of flu season, and with the added risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is incredibly important to make sure you are protected from this year's influenza virus.
This is why the Nebraska Medicine UNO Health Center is not only once again providing flu shots to the UNO campus community, but also providing opportunities for students to easily get their flu shots at on-campus clinics - all at no out of pocket cost.
Faculty and staff are also able to utilize the UNO Health Center, or one of the University of Nebraska's CVS Caremark partner sites, with many employees qualifying for a $0 co-pay.
Keep reading to learn more about this year's flu shot options, and find answers to questions you may have about how COVID may impact this year's flu season.
Flu shots are free for students and can be received through the UNO Health Center.
The UNO Health Center offers flu shot appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. Call 402.554.2374 to schedule.
NOTE: Appointments are required, and walk-ins will not be accepted.
What to Bring
Parental permission is required for students who are 18 and younger to receive their flu shot. UNO Health Center staff can call a parent or guardian when you check in at the student flu shot clinic or the UNO Health Center.
Alternatively, 18-year-olds may bring a completed Power of Attorney form with them to their appointment. If the student already has a Power of Attorney form on file at the UNO Health Center, there is no need to submit a duplicate form. Power of Attorney forms are not valid for 17-year-olds; we must call a parent or guardian for permission to give you a flu shot.
For more information, visit https://healthcenter.unomaha.edu.
Faculty and staff will be able to make use of the UNO Health Center to receive their flu shots this year; however, on-campus clinics will not be held. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can also make use of one of dozens of partner providers covered by CVS Caremark.
UNO Health Center
Faculty and staff are able to schedule appointments with the UNO Health Center during regular business hours. To schedule an appointment, plase call 402.554.2374.
Flu shots given at the UNO Health Center have a charge for faculty and staff, but are eligible to be submitted through insurance. Employees who completed the Benefits Risk Assessment last year will have no out-of-pocket cost for shots processed through their insurance. However, those who do not wish to utilize insurance can pay for the treatment on site.
Please do ask any questions you may have when scheduling your appointment.
The University of Nebraska offers a prescription through CVS Caremark. Your Caremark information will be on your UMR card.
You need to be enrolled in the medical plan (any option) to have the prescription drug program.
Employees who completed the Benefits Risk Assessment last year will have no out-of-pocket cost for shots processed through their insurance at participating CVS Caremark partners, including but not limited to Nebraska Medicine clinics, CVS Pharmacy locations, Walgreens Pharmacy locations, Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations, Kroger Pharmacy locations, and more.
For a more comprehensive list of participating pharmacies, visit the CVS Caremark website.
Will the flu shot protect me against COVID-19?
The flu shot does not protect against the coronavirus, but it does have many important health benefits. It can reduce your risk of the flu, which can help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Learn more from the CDC.
What safety precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at student flu shot clinics?
- We moved our student flu shot clinics out of the UNO Health Center and to larger spaces (H&K gym and Scott Conference Center). We will allow up to 50% capacity in these spaces to allow us to follow infection control processes and to maintain physical distancing.
- Our staff are required to wear face coverings and other personal protective equipment to keep you and themselves safe.
- All student flu shot clinic attendees are required to reserve an appointment. This allows us to maintain control of the environment and correctly follow infection prevention guidelines.
- All student flu shot clinic attendees are required to wear a mask or face covering at our flu clinics. If you do not have an appropriate mask, we will provide one for you.
- All student flu shot clinic attendees will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic area. People with symptoms will be asked to reschedule their appointments.
- Flu shot stations will be thoroughly disinfected after each patient.
- There will be a separate entrance and exit into the student flu shot clinic to maintain one-way foot traffic.
- Student flu shot clinic attendees are not allowed to bring guests to their flu shot appointments, with exceptions for interpreters and personal care attendants.|
Why should I get vaccinated?
Influenza is a common but serious disease. Getting the flu could not only impact your academic pursuits, but in some cases lead to hospitalization and death. An annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and others. Check out these flu shot benefits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When should I get vaccinated?
The CDC recommds people already be vaccinated. However, getting vaccinated later is still beneficial, even into January. Keep in mind, the shot takes two weeks to be effective.
How do flu shots work?
The flu shot creates antibodies that protect you against infection. The quadrivalent flu shot offered at the UNO Health Center protects against four common flu viruses.
Why do I need a flu shot annually?
A flu shot is needed every season because the body’s immune response to the shot declines over time and needs an annual shot to provide proper protection. It’s also important because flu viruses constantly change, and the flu shot is updated accordingly each year.
Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
No, a flu vaccine does not cause flu illness, but it can occasionally cause side effects such as a low grade fever, aches and soreness or swelling where the shot was given. However, these effects are short lasting and mild compared to the flu.
For more information about the flu or flu shots, visit the CDC website.
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