University flu ‘blitz’ is back
University Wellness Services, working closely with the Faculty of Nursing, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Human Resource Services, will hold an influenza vaccination “blitz” for all U of A students and staff again this year.
“We don’t expect any surprises this year,” said Kevin Friese, assistant director at the University Health Centre. “It is just going to be a standard seasonal influenza shot designed to protect against the common influenza strains that are being expected to make the rounds this year.”
This year’s flu shot dates and locations are as follows:
- North Campus, Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Registration on the main floor of SUB.
- Campus Saint-Jean, Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Grand Salon, Pavillon Lacerte.
- Enterprise Square, Thursday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Blue Room (located north of Rutherford Bookstore)
- Augustana Campus will be holding a public influenza vaccination clinic Thursday, Nov. 24. All Augustana students and staff are welcome to attend, along with anyone from the community.
The University Health Centre (2-200 SUB) is expecting to offer influenza shots onsite starting after Oct. 31. The centre will not offer in-house influenza shots in the clinic during the North Campus Clinic.
The clinics will be open only to students and staff but not to family members. Public clinics run by Alberta Health Services will again open across the province and be available to every Alberta resident.
Staff and students will be asked to identify themselves (e.g. ONEcard or equivalent) before receiving the vaccination, as well as providing an Alberta health care number (or the equivalent).
For more information about these clinics, seasonal influenza, tips on how to protect yourself and your family and links to public flu clinics in the Edmonton area, go to www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza.asp.