Flulapalooza is Sept. 27; high-dose vaccine will be available

Flulapalooza is back! Celebrate the 11th anniversary of this mass influenza vaccination event hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Sept. 27.  

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students are encouraged to attend the event at the area between Light Hall and the VA Medical Center to receive their annual flu vaccination. This is a one-day event filled with photo booths, mascots and more. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun and excitement throughout the day! 

You’ll enter the event through Light Hall, North Lobby. Also, be sure to wear short sleeves and bring your Vanderbilt ID card. For more information about the flu vaccine and the event, visit the Flulapalooza website.  

High Dose Vaccine 

This year, the high-dose vaccine will be available at Flulapalooza to faculty and staff who are eligible to receive it. The CDC recommends the high-dose flu vaccine for faculty and staff who are 65 and older, as it has been shown to be more effective in this age range than the standard flu vaccine.  

Can’t make it to Flulapalooza?  

The best way to reduce the risk of getting and spreading the flu is by receiving the flu vaccination. If you are not able to attend Flulapalooza, there are other opportunities for the Vanderbilt community to receive a flu vaccine.  

Vanderbilt offices can sign up for the “OHC Comes to You” program to request a departmental onsite flu vaccine event. Submit a departmental event request at OHC Comes to You. 

Flu vaccines can take up to two weeks after being administered to provide full protection, so it is recommended to get your flu vaccination in September or by the end of October to ensure the greatest protection throughout the entire flu season.  However, even after October it is still beneficial to get your flu vaccine. 

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