Flu Vaccination FAQs

Q. When will the flu vaccination be offered to Mercy College students? 

A. Flu clinics will be offered October 27 - November 9, 2016. These flu clinics will be announced via student email, campus monitors, and ELEOS announcements. 

Q. Where will flu clinics be held on campus? 

A. Flu clinics will be held in the kitchen. There will be signs posted within the Sullivan Center to direct you to the location. 

Q. Do I need to make an appointment? 

A. No, if you plan to get your vaccination done during the scheduled flu clinic times, no appointment will be needed. If you are unable to attend during the flu clinic times, please contact the Student Health Services Office to schedule a time when the nurse can administer your vaccination.

Q. Will I need to pay for a flu shot?

A. If you are a Mercy College student or employee member the flu shots will be offered free of charge. When you come to get your vaccination we will require you to have your Mercy College badge, to prove you are a Mercy College student or employee. 

Q. Who should get a flu vaccination? 

A. Everyone, according to the CDC anyone over the age of 6 months should have a flu vaccination each flu season. Employees of Mercy College are required to have the vaccination. Students who are involved in fall semester clinicals will be required to have the vaccination before November 30, 2016. Students who will begin spring 2017 clinicals will also need to have the flu vaccination before attending the clinicals. For those not involved in clinicals it is highly recommended you get the vaccination. 

Q. Who should not get a flu vaccination? 

A. According to the CDC anyone younger than 6 months of age is too young to have the flu vaccination. Those who have severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccination or any ingredient in the vaccination should speak the Student Health Nurse about available options. 

Q. Do I have to get my flu vaccination from Mercy College? 

A. No, if you would like to get your flu vaccination from another healthcare provider, employers, or any other venue offering them, please do so. If you will be attending clinicals be sure to provide the documentation of the vaccination to Student Health Nurse, and upload the document into Certified Profile if you have an account. This should be done prior to November 30, 2016. 

Q. How long does the vaccination work? 

A. The CDC reports the flu vaccination can provide protection from the flu virus for up to 1 year. 

Q. How quickly can I expect the flu vaccination to be effective? 

A. Your body can take up to 2 weeks to develop adequate immunity against the flu virus. This is why it is important to be vaccinated at the beginning of the flu season. 

Q. Will the flu vaccination make me sick? 

A. Getting the vaccination will not make you get the flu. However, there are some side effects of the vaccination that can occur. Typically these side effects are mild especially when compared to a bad case of the flu. 

Q. What side effects can I expect from the flu vaccination? 

A. You may not experience any side effects at all when getting the vaccination. Some people may experience soreness, redness, or swelling where the vaccination was given; a low-grade fever is possible; and you may experience mild muscle aches or up to a few days after receiving the vaccination. 

Q. Will Mercy College offer the FluMist? 

A. No, Mercy College will not provide the FluMist as an option.