McKinley Health Center begins to offer flu shots for the 2020-2021 year

By Angelle Cortes 

On Sept. 15 McKinley Health Center made an announcement on their website that flu shots for the 2020-2021 school year are available.

“Flu shots will be available 9 A.M. to 3P.M, Monday-Friday at Campus Recreation Center East for benefit eligible students, state employees, and retirees,” said the announcement on McKinley’s website. 

Usually, The McKinley Health Center will not be a site for flu shots this year. 

Other locations for flu shots include the Business Instructional Facility, Activities and Recreation Center, Ikenberry and Student Dining and Residential Program, Grainger Engineering Library, and Veterinary Medicine building. 

According to McKinley’s calendar, the flu clinic is running from now until Oct. 23. With the location changing every week.     

Flu shots are free for University students as long as if they have paid the Health Service Fee. An iCard will be required in order to get a flu shot. 

For state employees and retirees, the season flu shot is available and can receive the vaccine free of charge before Dec. 31. 

Each employee must present their insurance card from a state-sponsored health plan and ID card. For retirees, they must present a health insurance card from a state-sponsored health plan and another form of ID. 

With many flu viruses, they’re constantly changing. The U.S. flu vaccine is reviewed annually by scientists and is updated to match the circulating flu viruses. For the 2020-2021 Influenza season, the Mckinley Health Center will offer a four-component vaccine containing protection against the following Influenza A and Influenza B viruses:

  • A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Washington/02/2019 (B/Victoria lineage)-like virus
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013 (B/Yamagata lineage)-like virus

According to an interview from CNBC Make It with Dr. Amesh Adajia, senior scholar at John Hopkins University Center for Health Security. Flu vaccinations are among the most effective ways to ensure that hospitals can weather the pandemic.

Photo courtesy of McKinley Health Center