By the end of that flu season, the CDC estimated that the interim overall effectiveness of the flu vaccine against both influenza A and B viruses was 36%; this included 25% vaccination effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, 67% against H1N1, and 42% against influenza B viruses. "There are great benefits of the flu vaccination", added Ms. Freeman.
Regardless, Parker recommends that everyone visit the health unit at any time during the flu season to get their flu vaccine amid some warnings that the flu virus is expected to be worse this year than in previous ones.
Adults who are younger than 65 but have weakened immune systems sometimes ask for the higher-dose shot, she said.
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
"But the reality is that still leaves the majority of the population un-immunized and susceptible to years where you have a more aggressive strain of the virus circulating", Hilderman said.
Even including the mandatory 15-minute after-vaccination waiting period, getting your flu shot on campus will take less than 25 minutes.
One company offers a nasal spray version of flu vaccine, but health experts recently have been debating whether it's as good as shots.
"The first thing that we really stress is that people need to get the vaccine", Dohack said. "Not every year is going to be a high-severity flu season".
Roughly 145 million Americans get flu shots each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In recent years, over 9,000 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and ten per cent of all patients admitted died as a result of the flu virus.
"The flu shot does not cause the flu as some people seem to think it does". Which means that it takes two weeks for the flu to build up the antibodies necessary for the flu. They're recommended by everyone from 6 months old and up.
Last season the state of CT experienced more than 100 flu related deaths, and over 2,000 patients were hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu. An effective vaccination program would work around busy student schedules to prevent as many appointment conflicts as possible.
The flu vaccine and Pneu-P-23 vaccine, which helps protect against pneumococcal disease and is offered free of charge to seniors, are available at local public health offices, nursing stations, doctors' offices, and Access Centres. That's the thing with influenza.