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Health / Safety

Flu shots still available at CSU Health Network

December 16, 2013

With the recent report of Colorado's first death from flu this season, CSU's Health Network wants to remind everyone that immunizations are the best way to protect yourself from getting -- or giving others -- the flu. If you haven't gotten a flu vaccine yet, get one as soon as you can.

The flu vaccine is available at the CSU Health Network Immunization Clinic during normal business hours. The vaccine costs $20 for students and $25 for staff.

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The CDC recommends that anyone over six-months-old should receive a flu vaccination. It is especially important for those with weakened immune systems, with special health needs, pregnant women, and the elderly. People at high risk for developing serious flu complications include children younger than five years; people 65 years of age and older; pregnant women; those with impairments in the development or function of the brain; people with certain long-term medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, blood disorders, severe obesity, kidney and liver disorders, HIV infection or AIDS, and cancer.

For these people, getting the flu can mean more serious illness, including hospitalization or worsening of an existing chronic condition. But severe complications and death also can occur in those who are in good health. About 40 percent of pediatric flu deaths in the U.S. occur in children with no underlying health problems.

Vaccine protects against three flu strains

This year’s vaccine is formulated to prevent at least three strains of flu, though some vaccines protect against four strains. The predominant circulating strain so far this season has been the type A H1N1 flu, which caused the 2009 outbreak and has been more severe in younger age groups than typical flu strains. However other strains may emerge and become dominant in coming months.

Each year, flu vaccines are formulated to match the strains of the virus expected to circulate that year. Flu viruses are always changing and this year’s vaccine is meant to provide good protection against the currently circulating types.

The CSU Health Network Immunization Clinic is located in the Hartshorn Health Services building. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. No appointment is needed.

To learn more about the flu, visit the Health Network website or call 970-491-6548.