Influenza Vaccine Time, a.k.a. 'Flu Shot'

Health Services will be offering influenza vaccine to eligible students this fall. The starting date will be announced sometime in September. Influenza virus is spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Receiving influenza vaccine can significantly reduce the chance of becoming seriously ill with influenza.  It takes up to two (2) weeks for protection after vaccination.

Why should students get a Flu Shot?

It is important to get influenza vaccine each year if you want to reduce your risk of illness. Influenza vaccine is recommended for people who can spread illness to others at risk (e.g., household contacts, caregivers, medical personnel in contact with others at risk), people who provide essential community services, people who live in dormitories or other crowded conditions, and persons who want to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill or spreading influenza to others.

Vaccine is not recommended for persons who are severely allergic to eggs or who have had an adverse reaction to influenza vaccine.

Where can students get the Influenza Vaccine?

Influenza vaccine will be offered to eligible students at Health Services. The fee for this service can be paid by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa, or can be charged to the student's NIU Bursar's account.

Appointments are not necessary. Just come to Health Services Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have questions, please call 815-753-9759.