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Seasonal Flu (Influenza) Vaccination

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Flu vaccination is available to students in Student Health Services by appointment. 

Student Health Services is administering a thimerosal-free inactivated quadrivalent influenza (flu) vaccine (Fluzone®, Sanofi). A quadrivalent influenza vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Adding another B virus to the vaccine aims to give broader protection against circulating flu viruses. Click here to learn more about the vaccine composition for the 2020-2021 flu season vaccines.

Cost $10 cash only (free for students enrolled in the 2020-21 TCNJ Student Health Insurance Plan). 

CONSENT FORM:

COVID-19 safety measures will be maintained. You must be wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth and show your Green Daily Health Pass. No Health Pass – No Mask – No Vaccination. Be sure to wear clothing that facilitates easy access to the top portion of your arm.

This Season a Flu Vaccine is More Important than Ever AND its required for students living in college housing!

With the COVID-19 Pandemic occurring, it is especially important to engage in behaviors to optimize good health and that includes receiving a flu vaccination in the fall. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months and older, including all children and adolescents. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. Vaccination remains especially important for those with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, hemodynamically significant cardiac disease, immunosuppression, or neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders. These individuals are at higher risk of serious complications if they get the flu. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death and can help save medical resources this fall and winter. September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine.​

Students: If you already received your flu vaccination off-campus this year (after July 2020), please do the following:

  1. Go to the New Jersey College & University Influenza Vaccination Challenge and complete the 1 minute survey for the New Jersey Department of Health.
  2. Upload your flu vaccination record into OWL.

Medical Exemption from Required Flu Vaccination for Students Entering TCNJ Housing: Students are not required to have any vaccinations that are medically contraindicated based upon valid medical reasons as enumerated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For current ACIP immunization schedules and recommendations, including contraindications, click HERE. To apply for a medical exemption from a required vaccination, your healthcare provider must complete the REQUEST FOR MEDICAL EXEMPTION FROM MANDATORY IMMUNIZATION form.

Who should and who should not get a flu vaccine?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exception. More information on who should and who should not get a flu vaccine is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are used to make the vaccine. Flu vaccine effectiveness can vary. The protection provided by a flu vaccine varies from season to season and depends in part on the age and health status of the person getting the vaccine and the similarity or “match” between the viruses in the vaccine and those in circulation. A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming flu season. For the best protection, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated annually. More facts about seasonal flu vaccine is available from the CDC.

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