Flu vaccination clinics will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 16. New this year, non-student wage employees are eligible to receive a free vaccine at the employee flu vaccination clinics. Non-student wage employees should bring their Hokie Passport or a photo ID to receive their vaccination.
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, Virginia campus to take advantage of this free benefit.
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.
Individuals who have not received a flu vaccination are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
Details about 2016 flu vaccination clinics
The flu vaccination is free for benefited employees and $21 for non-benefited employees and students. Spouses and dependents covered under an employee’s insurance plan are eligible to receive the flu vacation for free.
Non-student wage employees are also eligible to receive a free vaccine at the employee flu vaccination clinics this year. Non-student wage employees should bring their Hokie Passport or a photo ID to receive their vaccination.
|October 5||North End Center, room 2400||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.||Shingles vaccination offered|
|October 6||Burruss Hall, room 130||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m|
|October 11||McComas Hall, gym||10 a.m.-7 p.m.||Schiffert flu vaccination clinic open to students and employees. Registration is not required.|
|October 12||Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, conference room||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|October 13||Biocomplexity Institute, auditorium foyer||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|October 18||The Inn at Virginia Tech||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|October 20||Sterrett Facility Complex, training room||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.||Shingles vaccination offered|
|October 27||Burruss Hall, room 130||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|October 28||Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, second floor conference room, R2139||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|November 1||North End Center, room 2470||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m|
||New Hall West, training room||8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.||Shingles vaccination offered|
|November 8||New Hall West, training room||room||8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.|
|November 10||The Inn at Virginia Tech||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m|
|November 16||Corporate Research Center, 1715 Pratt Drive, suite 1500, Wiki conference room||7:30 a.m.-2 p.m||Shingles vaccination offered|
The vaccine that will be provided at every flu vaccination clinic will be the Trivalent (3 strain), inactive flu vaccine.
- It is for individuals age four years and older.
- Anyone with an allergy to a flu shot component (including eggs) or anyone with a serious reaction to a previous flu vaccine (including Guillain-Barre syndrome) should not get the vaccine. The pharmacist will review the consent form and history at the clinic prior to dispensing the vaccine.
- Common side effects include redness and/or irritation at the injection site, arm soreness, headache, malaise, and slight elevation in temperature.
The following products are available only by advanced request and if the product is available. Please note that sometimes there is an unexpected delay from the manufacturer on receiving certain flu products. The pharmacy providing the vaccines will do their best to communicate this information and make every effort to get all products to the flu vaccine clinics when requested; however, the CDC recommends that individuals do not wait for a particular product when an alternative is available.
- High Dose, trivalent, inactive flu vaccine for individuals age 65 and older. Anyone with an allergy to a flu shot component (including eggs) or anyone with a serious reaction to a previous flu vaccine (including Guillain-Barre syndrome). Common side effects include redness and/or irritation at the injection site, arm soreness, headache, malaise, and slight elevation in temperature.
- Pediatric, inactive flu vaccine for children two to three years old who weigh at least 33 pounds. Anyone with an allergy to a flu shot component (including eggs) or anyone with a serious reaction to a previous flu vaccine (including Guillain-Barre syndrome) should not get the vaccine. Common side effects include redness and/or irritation at the injection site, arm soreness, headache, malaise, and slight elevation in temperature.
Learn more about what you should know about the current flu season.
Should you get the flu vaccination?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 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 those within those high-risk groups, such as health care workers and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of young children, are encouraged to be vaccinated annually.