Over the span of two drive-through clinics, Pat Walker Health Center administered over 1,700 flu vaccines to the University of Arkansas community — a record for flu vaccines administered by medical staff in such a short timeframe.
Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent contracting the flu, and this year medical experts are stressing how important getting the flu vaccine will be as COVID-19 transmission continues to impact communities.
“A flu shot is more important than ever this year,” said Dr. Huda Sharaf, medical director for Pat Walker Health Center. “Not only is the flu vaccine the single best way to protect against the flu virus, but getting a flu vaccine this season can help reduce the burden on our health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Don’t Wait: Get Your Flu Vaccine Now
Students, faculty and staff still needing to receive their annual flu vaccine can schedule to get theirs by calling 479-575-7723. Fall 2020: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Pat Walker Health Center will not offer a walk-in flu vaccine clinic this semester. Appointments (and masks) are required for flu vaccines administered at the clinic.
The cost of the flu vaccine is $20 for students and $50 for faculty/staff. The vaccine can also be billed to insurance, as many health insurance plans cover the cost of the flu vaccine.
Health Center officials anticipate a higher-than-normal demand for the flu vaccine this season, so medical experts are strongly encouraging everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible.
The CDC strongly recommends everyone aged six-months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated early is the best way to ensure you are protected throughout the entire flu season.
Take Everyday Actions to Protect Against Flu … and COVID-19
- Wash your hands often. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Don’t share food, drink, utensils, or vaping devices.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if they have fever, cough, and a sore throat.
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
If you are experience flu-like symptoms, see your medical provider to help reduce the severity of the flu. To schedule an appointment at the health center, call 479-575-4451 or go to myhealth.uark.edu.
Find more information about the flu at health.uark.edu.
Need tested for COVID-19? Call 479-575-4451, option 1 to schedule your test.