Where Can I Get the Influenza Vaccine?
The Worksite Wellness Division is giving influenza vaccinations to all Public Education Employees Health Insurance Program (PEEHIP) members, State Employees' Health Insurance Plan (SEHIP) members, and local government employees, retirees, dependents 18 years of age or older, and PEEHIP school aged children. Please check our calendar for dates and locations of Flu Shot Clinics.
What is Influenza (Also Called Flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. On average, 226,000 people are hospitalized every year because of influenza, and 36,000 die - mostly the elderly.
What Are the Symptoms of Flu?
Common flu symptoms include: fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and stomach symptoms: such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults.
Who Should Get the Influenza Vaccine?
Influenza vaccine is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or spreading influenza to others.
Who Should Talk with a Doctor Before Getting the Influenza Vaccine?
- If you have any severe (life threatening) allergies.
- If you have a severe egg allergy you should not get the vaccine.
- If you have had a severe reaction after a previous does of influenza vaccine.
- If you have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
- If you are moderately or severely ill you should wait until they recover before getting the flu vaccine.
How Can I Participate?
All you have to do is bring your insurance card; it’s as easy as that.
Does it Cost Anything?
No. Your insurance will cover the cost to keep you well. It’s flu season, so please take care of yourself by getting your flu shot!