Flu season is approaching fast! The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season, and Washington State University students and employees statewide are encouraged to be flu fighters by getting their vaccinations.
Cougar Health Services is providing flu shots to WSU Pullman students, faculty, and staff at the Washington Building from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., on Fridays through Oct. 25, as part of its Flu Shot Friday outreach. WSU pharmacy and nursing students and Lewis‑Clark State College nursing students are assisting with providing flu vaccinations. The cost is covered by most insurance plans, and no appointment is necessary.
Fee‑paying students can visit Spokane‑area Rockwood Clinics to receive their flu shot.
Fee‑paying students can make an appointment at Central Washington Family Medicine by calling 509‑452‑4520.
Fee‑paying students can make appointments for flu shots at the Student Wellness Center by calling 360‑546‑9238.
Students, faculty, and staff can access the Community Health Center of Snohomish County’s Everett College Clinic, located right next to campus. Call 425‑595‑3900 for an appointment.
Visit vaccinefinder.org to find a location to receive your flu shot.
Flu is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Anyone can get the flu, but it is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at highest risk of flu complications.
It takes about two weeks for your body to develop the antibodies that will protect you from the flu virus, and the Center for Disease Control recommends that people get their vaccines as early in the flu season as possible.
If you do catch the flu, the CDC recommends limiting contact with others as much as possible and stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Students are encouraged to review the attendance policies as outlined in the WSU catalog regarding absences. Faculty and staff should review the appropriate leave policies.