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

A. Flu clinics will be offered during both fall and spring semesters. The flu clinic dates and times will be announced via email, campus monitors, and D2L announcements.

Q. Where will flu clinics be held on campus?

A. Flu clinics will be held in the kitchen in Building 1 (Room 101). 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 Student Health Services 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 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. 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 the required date (varies by year). Students who will begin spring semester clinicals will also need to have the flu vaccination before attending clinicals. For those students not involved in clinicals, it is not required, but 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 should not have the flu vaccination. Those who have severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccination or any ingredient in the vaccination should speak to the Student Health Nurse about available options.

Q. Can I receive the flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

A. According to the CDC, people with egg allergies can receive any licensed, recommended age-appropriate influenza vaccine and no longer have to be monitored for 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. People who have severe egg allergies should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a healthcare provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

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, employer, 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 Services, and upload the document into CastleBranch.  This will need to be done prior to the deadline set on a yearly basis.

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. The body’s immune response from vaccination declines over time, which is one reason why a flu vaccine is recommended on a yearly basis.

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. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination is recommended throughout the flu season, which may be into January or later.

Q. Will the flu vaccination make me sick?

A. No, receiving the vaccination will not cause you to get the flu. There are, however, different side effects that may be associated with getting a flu vaccine. These side effects are typically mild and short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of 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 on the day of or up to a few days after receiving the vaccination.

Q. Will Mercy College offer the nasal spray flu vaccine?

A. No, Mercy College will not provide the nasal spray flu vaccine as an option. According to the CDC, the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during 2017-2018 given concerns of efficacy.

Q. Can I get the seasonal flu even though I got a flu vaccine this year? 

A. Yes. There is still a possibility you could get the flu even if you were vaccinated. The ability of the flu vaccine to protect a person depends on a variety of factors, but it is important to remember that the vaccine can protect many people and prevent flu-related complications.

For additional information regarding the flu vaccine, visit CDC.gov or contact Mercy College Student Health Services.