The university offers free seasonal flu vaccinations to UI regular full-time and part-time (50 percent or greater) faculty and staff. ALL UI Health Care employees, regardless of percentage of time worked, are encouraged to obtain a free flu vaccine.
A university photo identification card must be presented at the time of service in order to qualify for this free service. Any non-UI Health Care employee working less than 50 percent time has the option of receiving the vaccine for a fee of $16.00 for the injection (payable by check only to UEHC).
Vaccinations for students
Students can get flu vaccinations at Student Health & Wellness.
What can I do to prevent influenza?
Everyone should get vaccinated against seasonal influenza as early as possible.
Common-sense precautions also limit the spread of influenza and other illnesses:
- Wash your hands frequently or used alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels, especially after coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you’re sick. Don’t return to work, school, or other activities until you’ve had no fever for 24 hours.
- Cover your nose or mouth with your sleeve, the crook of your harm, or a tissue—not with your bare hand—when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Don’t share food, drink, or utensils.
- Eat smart and exercise regularly to support your overall health.
What should I do if I get sick?
The symptoms of influenza include:
- Fever of 100 degrees F or higher
- Sore throat
- Body aches
If you have these symptoms, stay home and avoid close contact with other people until you’ve had no fever for 24 hrs, without the use of fever-reducing medications—that can take four to seven days. People who catch influenza can be contagious for up to a day before they have any symptoms. Once you’re infected, it can take three days for symptoms to appear.
Most people who get sick with influenza will not need medical care. Pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart or lung problems, or weakened immune systems should contact their doctors for guidance.