BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 14, 2012 – Virginia Tech’s Schiffert Health Center will be hosting a walk-in flu and immunization clinic Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall gym. This event is open to the public.
The flu vaccine will be offered as a traditional shot or by way of nasal mist. Vaccines will also be available for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) and meningitis, all of which are required for entrance to Virginia Tech. A pneumococcal vaccine will also be offered.
The clinic is for adults and children ages six months and up. Those under the age of 18 will need a parental consent form signed. There is a separate charge for each vaccine. Virginia Tech’s Aetna Student Health plan will only cover the injectable flu shot.
Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards, as well as cash, check, and money order. Vaccine prices are as follows:
Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a serious disease affecting the respiratory tract. It is highly contagious, can be transmitted even before flu-like symptoms appear, and generally spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typical symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue, and usually set in one to three days after exposure.
Annual vaccination is especially recommended for certain high-risk groups including children ages six months to five years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age or older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
People who live with or care for anyone within those high-risk groups, such as health care workers and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of young children, should also be vaccinated annually.
For more information on the flu and flu vaccines, refer to Schiffert’s Flu FAQ.
Parking for McComas Hall Gym is available 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, with a visitor’s pass. Attendees can park in the Coliseum Lot located along Washington Street and Spring Road. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday- Friday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may be obtained outside of Visitor Information Center hours from the Virginia Tech Police Station, which is located on Sterrett Drive.
After 5 p.m., free parking is available in the Coliseum Lot located along Washington Street and Spring Road. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.
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Written by Chris Kessler.