A healthy work environment is important to Virginia Tech, and as a service to employees, the university makes it as easy as possible for employees to get flu vaccinations (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) every year by hosting dozens of clinics across campus, and at other Virginia Tech locations across the state. You do not need to work at the Blacksburg, Va., campus to take advantage of this free benefit. Clinics for the 2013-14 academic year were held from September through November, hosted by Hokie Wellness. The vaccinations were free for all benefitted employees, and their covered family members and $18 for all others.
Individuals who have not received a flu vaccination are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
Vaccinations are available at most pharmacies across the state. Employees who choose to get a flu vaccination at a participating pharmacy are encouraged to call ahead to be sure that the pharmacy is participating in the Commonwealth of Virginia's flu vaccination program and that flu vaccinations are available. An appointment may be required. Flu vaccination claims must be processed by the pharmacy.
For more information contact the Human Resources Service Center at 540-231-9331.
What You Should Know for flu and flu vaccine information specific to the 2013-14 flu season.
Annual vaccination is especially recommended for certain high-risk groups including children ages six months to five years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age or older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
People who live with or care for anyone within those high-risk groups, such as health care workers and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of young children, should also be vaccinated annually.