Annual influenza vaccinations are the most effective method for preventing influenza virus and its complications. They are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.
“A flu shot should be even more of a priority for individuals with any chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes; who are over the age of 50; or who are in close contact with someone in a high-risk group,” says Colleen Bernstein, RN and health educator at UWM’s Norris Health Center.
Norris Health Center, in partnership with the College of Nursing; Union Marketing and Programming, Union Operations; and University Housing, will offer influenza vaccination clinics for UWM students, faculty and staff and community members. Dates, times and locations follow:
- Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Alumni Fireside Lounge, UWM Union
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4-7 p.m., Sandburg Flicks, first floor of Sandburg Hall
- Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Alumni Fireside Lounge, UWM Union
- Tuesday, Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m., Sandburg Flicks, first floor of Sandburg Hall
Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis. Fees are $10 for students with ID, $20 for faculty and staff, and $25 for community members. Community members must be at least 9 years of age to receive the vaccine. Cash, check, credit card and PantherCard are accepted for payment. No Medicare or insurance accepted.
Pertussis booster encouraged
Also, with Wisconsin’s current pertussis outbreak, and because the initial symptoms of colds, flu and pertussis can be similar, Dr. Julie Bonner, executive director of Norris Health Center and campus health officer, recommends that individuals check with their healthcare provider or through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to make sure they are up to date with their pertussis vaccination.
Although a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis) vaccine has been recommended for adolescents and adults through age 64 since 2005 by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), in 2010 coverage was still low –estimated at 56% among adolescents and less than 6% among adults. In 2012, national authorities updated their recommendation to include adults over 65. Wisconsin students entering 12th grade have been required since 2008 to have their booster dose of vaccine.
“When you protect yourself with a vaccine, whether it is your annual flu shot or a booster dose of Tdap, you’ll help protect your family, friends, classmates and co-workers, and contribute to a healthier community” says Bonner
Tdap vaccinations will not be available at the influenza vaccination clinics, but is available at most healthcare providers, at local health departments and at retail locations. Students should phone Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716 if they need a Tdap booster or are unable to attend a campus flu clinic.
Further information on influenza can be found at:
Further information on pertussis: