Flu shots are now available at Nebraska Medicine - UNO Health Center. Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce your risk for the flu and prevent spreading it to others.
Shots are free for students and $35 for faculty and staff. To get vaccinated, make an appointment at the UNO Health Center by calling 402.554.2374. Bring a MavCARD and a completed flu shot form to the appointment.
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 at the time of the appointment to obtain permission, or 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.
Refer a friend to get their flu shot for a chance to win a $25 gift card! Students will receive a referral card at their flu shot appointment. If they fill out their name and NUID on the card, give the card to a fellow student and that student brings the card with them to get a flu shot at the UNO Health Center, the referee will be entered into a drawing for one of several $25 gift cards.
For more information, visit https://healthcenter.unomaha.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 recommend people get vaccinated between Oct. 1 and 31. Getting vaccinated later is still beneficial, even into January or later. 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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