The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including people with chronic medical conditions. The vaccine contains three different inactivated influenza viruses; the viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that these simple actions can also help stop the spread of influenza and the ‘common cold’:
- Washing hands often will help protect you.
- Stay home when you are sick; you will feel better sooner and help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may protect those around you from getting sick.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick. When you are sick keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
How to get vaccinated?
Medical Center Faculty & Staff may visit the Occupational Health Service, Harkness Pavilion 1 South. Flu Shots are available Monday – Wednesday and on Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Thursday from 8 am – 2 pm. Bring your Hospital or University ID badge with you.
Medical Center Students, enrolled in the Student Health Services Program, can go to SHS at 60 Haven, Monday-Thursday, 8AM-7PM.
Morningside Students, Faculty and Staff, can receive vaccine at no cost through Student Health Services. The vaccine will be provided at a number of different sites, for the schedule, access http://www.health.columbia.edu/docs/services/immunizations/flu_shot.html.