The University’s allotment of flu shots is not expected until mid-November, delayed from their original mid-October shipment date.
The delay is due to vaccine manufacturers being approximately a month behind schedule. There is no reported national shortage, according to University Health Services (UHS).
Mid-November is a better time to receive the shot than October, according to UHS.
“The later [you get the vaccine] the better. Then it goes more into flu season in March,” reported Nancy Chagnon, administrative assistant for UHS.
UHS still encourages employees and students who are at high risk of complications from the flu to receive their shots as soon as possible.
When the vaccine does arrive, the shots will cost $5 for students who have paid the health fee, and will be free for staff who have Blue Cross/ Blue Shield. Students and staff without university health coverage will be charged $10.
The shots are by appointment only, which can be made once the vaccines have arrived.
For more information contact University Health Services at 780-4211