Flu Vaccines for 2012
For employees and their covered dependents
Flu clinics for employees and their covered dependents six months of age and older are scheduled for Wednesday thru Friday, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The clinics will be staffed by Maxim Health Systems.
Individuals arriving for flu shot appointments should enter the HCC Healthy Living Room (W0001), not the HCC lobby.
Employees and/or their dependents must present their SAS BCBS Insurance Card in order to receive a flu shot. Maxim’s policy is to turn away individuals who cannot verify coverage by the SAS Health Plan.Register Now by emailing the Health Care Center at email@example.com.
Free Flu Shots at the Health Care Center: Beginning September 19, SAS retirees may call a Health Care Center receptionist at 919-531-8809 to schedule an appointment to receive flu vaccine on or after October 1.
Frequently Asked Questions about Flu Vaccines
Q. What if I am unable to attend one of the Health Care Center's scheduled flu clinics?
A. Beginning September 19, you may call the HCC receptionist at 531.8809 to schedule an appointment with a nurse to receive your flu vaccine on or after October 1. Families are still able to get their flu shots at the same time if desired.
Q. What if I already have a visit scheduled at the Health Care Center? Can I get my flu vaccine then?
A. Yes. If you have a visit scheduled with an HCC nurse practitioner, physician or nurse you'll be offered flu vaccine before you leave, as long as you are not being seen for illness with accompanying fever.
Q. Will FluMist be available?
A. No. All flu vaccine at the Health Care Center is injectable.
Q. Does this year's flu vaccine offer protection against H1N1?
A. Yes. The 2012-13 flu vaccine will protect against H1N1, a second influenza A virus (H3N2) and an influenza B virus.
Q. Who should get vaccinated against seasonal flu this year?
A. All persons aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to expand protection against the flu to more people.
Q. Who is at Higher Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications?
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women
- People who have medical conditions including:
- Asthma (even if it’s controlled or mild)
- Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
- Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis)
- Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids)
- People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 40 or greater)
Q. Who else should get vaccinated?
A. Other people for whom vaccination is especially important are:
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 years of age with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children younger than 6 months of age (children younger than 6 months are at highest risk of flu-related complications but are too young to get vaccinated)