The 2017-2018 flu season was record-breaking, with 176 flu-related deaths among children, the most in a single flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency room visits for influenza-like illness, high influenza-related hospitalization rates, and elevated and widespread flu activity across the U.S.
Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly to young children, older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications, according to the CDC.
At UF Health, flu vaccination is mandatory and includes everyone — clinical and non-clinical staff, volunteers, UFJP employees, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville employees, UF TEAMS employees and UF Health Proton Therapy Institute employees.
Flu shots will be administered on the downtown and north campuses Oct. 1 – 31. Vaccines will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on the UF Health Jacksonville campus at Employee Health, located in Tower I on the fifth floor, and during open enrollment in the LRC atrium.