Flu Vaccine due October 31, 2020
- Students should print the influenza vaccine consent form. The form can also be found on D2L.
- Upload the form into your Castlebranch account.
- Failure to upload this form may restrict students from spring clinical experiences.
*Students who will not be on campus during fall or spring terms do not need to receive the vaccine. Students who have a medical or religious reason for not receiving the vaccine should contact Anne Dennis, ADennis@mercydesmoines.org for alternative documents.
Available Onsite Flu Vaccination Clinics for Insured Faculty, Staff and Students
MercyOne Ankeny Pharmacy 800 E. 1st St., Suite 1800
MercyOne Clive Pharmacy 1601 NW 114th St., Suite 234
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center Outpatient Pharmacy Main Lobby
Available Onsite Flu Vaccination Clinics for Uninsured Faculty, Staff and Students
- CVS/Target: $39.99
- Walgreens: $40.99
- Costco: $19.99 (member) $28.00 (non-member)
- Sam’s Club: $20.00 (member) $38.00 (non-member)
- Now through October 31, 2020 Polk County Health Department, 1907 Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314, will host drive-up flu clinics. The clinic is located in the west parking lot, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Park in the designated parking spots and call the number provided at the site. A health professional will come to your vehicle to give your flu vaccination. Most major insurances are accepted- if you have medical insurance please bring your card. Without insurance, the vaccine is $25 and high dose is $50. NOTE: Uninsured individuals will not be turned away because of inability to pay. Face masks are required when receiving your flu vaccination.
Q. WHERE WILL FLU CLINICS BE HELD ON CAMPUS?
A. Flu clinics will not be held on campus. Please see information provided above to find a location for vaccination.
Q. DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
A. No, the flu clinics will be scheduled and vaccines will be given on a walk-in basis.
Q. WILL I NEED TO PAY FOR A FLU VACCINE?
A. If you do not have insurance, there will be a fee. If you are an insured Mercy College student or employee, the flu vaccines will be able to obtain a vaccine at the MercyOne sites listed above. You will need to have your Mercy College ID badge when obtaining your vaccine to show you are a student or employee, and to receive your annual flu sticker. You will also need to bring with you the Mercy College Influenza Consent Form for the provider to complete.
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 obtain annual flu vaccinations. Students who attend clinicals during the flu season are also required to obtain annual flu vaccinations. 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. You must have the provider complete the Influenza Consent Form for uploading into CastleBranch. If you are an employee, you will need to provide your documentation to Human Resources.
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 influenza.
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. 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.
Q. CAN I REQUEST AN EXEMPTION?
A. You may request an exemption on the basis of a medical contraindication to the flu immunization or a religious practice or creed that prohibits immunization. This does not exempt you from our annual influenza prevention program, but rather is an alternate method of compliance in place of the influenza immunizations. Exemptions requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be presented with supporting documentation. Appropriate exemption forms may be requested from Human Resources. You may request additional information from Human Resources or Student Health Services.
For additional information regarding the flu vaccine, visit CDC.gov or contact Student Health Services.