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Free flu shots on campus for students, faculty and staff

By Dale Johnson Posted: November 8, 2016 10:15 a.m.

Amy Pledger, a thesis and convocation officer in graduate studies, gets a flu shot from nurse Tracey Schikowski at the clinic at the Atrium of the RIC.
Amy Pledger, a thesis and convocation officer in graduate studies, gets a flu shot from nurse Tracey Schikowski at the clinic at the Atrium of the RIC. Photo: U of R Photography

The U of R is providing free flu shots for students, faculty, staff, volunteers and their families to help you reduce your chances of contracting or spreading influenza.  

A flu shot is a way to protect yourself and others against influenza – a common and highly contagious, respiratory illness that can be very serious.

Even if you are healthy, you can pass the flu to those people who are at greatest risk for serious complications or even death, including young children, the elderly, and those with medical conditions.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says: “The best way to protect yourself from influenza (the flu) is to get a flu vaccine every year. The flu vaccine is safe and effective.”

Influenza viruses can change rapidly, and that's why there's a new influenza vaccine made every year to protect against the current virus strains.

The flu shot clinics are being held in the Atrium of the Research and Innovation Centre on:

  • Tuesday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There is no charge. Make sure you bring your Health Card and wear short sleeves.

As well as the clinics, everyone is welcome to drop into the Alliance Health Pharmacy on level 2A of the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport for free flu shots 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To learn more about the flu and vaccine, please click here.