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Preparing for Cold and Flu Season Fall 2021

October 7, 2021

Dear University Community, 
As we continue to work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our campus community, we must also prepare for the beginning of the cold and influenza ('flu") virus season. Experts are projecting an increase in flu activity this year; however, we can help stop the spread of colds, flu and other viruses on our campus if we continue to follow many of the preventive measures that are already in place and get our flu shot.
This year in particular, while we are in the midst of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, it is extremely important to get a flu shot as soon as possible to help prevent a co-infection with both viruses. Because we did not experience a true flu season last year, medical experts don't yet know how having both viruses simultaneously might impact one's health.

Getting a Flu Shot

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine, and the time to do so is now. Getting the flu vaccine is one of the best actions you can take to prevent yourself from getting and having serious symptoms or complications from the flu. And if you have certain health conditions that place you at higher risk, it is especially important to get the flu shot as soon as possible and to seek medical care promptly if you do end up having the flu.
Appointments for the flu vaccine are available at the University Health Center (UHC) and can be scheduled at In addition, the UHC will be hosting flu vaccine events on the following dates:
  • October 14 and October 15 at Eppley Recreation Center
  • October 21 and October 22 at Ritchie Coliseum
  • October 25 and October 26 at Ritchie Coliseum
  • November 2 and November 3 at Ritchie Coliseum
  • November 9 and November 10 at Eppley Recreation Center
These flu vaccine events will be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Schedule a Flu Shot Appointment
If you are planning to get the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine or booster, studies have shown that you can get them both and you don't need to wait in-between shots.
Please find additional information about frequently asked questions on the University Health Center website.
It is up to all of us to help prevent the spread of viruses on our campus. We encourage everyone to follow these steps:
Graphic with six steps to help prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other viruses and the University Health Center logo underneath
Stay healthy and be well,
Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer


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