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Arm Yourself Against the Flu: Why Getting a Flu Shot is Crucial for Your Health and Those Around You

by Tech Desk
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Supposedly, Hokie Wellness at Virginia Tech is offering flu shot clinics this fall and winter to help protect individuals from respiratory illnesses such as the flu. These clinics are open to all employees, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as family members and dependents covered by an employee’s Virginia Tech health plan.

The flu shot clinics will be held from October 2nd to 31st, providing ample opportunities for individuals to receive their flu vaccines. Injectable flu vaccines will be available at these clinics. It is important for each person planning to attend a clinic to register in advance. The registration links can be found on the Hokie Wellness website along with location information and a consent form that needs to be completed prior to receiving the vaccine.

On the Blacksburg Campus, two main locations have been designated for the flu shot clinics. The Conference Center Lobby of Steger Hall and the North End Center will both host clinics from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout October. Additionally, there will be a drive-thru clinic held on Saturday, October 21st outside the North End Center entrance from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., which also requires registration.

For students seeking flu shots, Schiffert Health Center will host a clinic on October 11th at the Rec Sports Fieldhouse on Beamer Way from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is important for eligible individuals attending these clinics to bring their insurance card or Hokie passport depending on their status (faculty/staff or student) in order to receive the free flu vaccine. Family members and dependents covered by an employee’s health plan are also eligible but must provide proof of insurance coverage.

In case individuals are unable to attend a Hokie Wellness clinic, they can still get vaccinated against the flu at local pharmacies or through healthcare providers. State health plan members may receive free vaccines at participating pharmacies within their network. COVA Care, COVA HDHP, and COVA HealthAware members can also get flu shots at no cost from in-network doctors’ offices and other participating providers. Kaiser Permanente HMO members should visit a participating Kaiser medical center.

If individuals have questions regarding their benefits or receiving flu shots from out-of-network providers or pharmacies, they should contact their health plan provider. It is recommended to call ahead and confirm vaccine availability as well as any appointment requirements when planning to get a flu shot at a pharmacy.

For more information about the Hokie Wellness clinics, individuals can contact Hokie Wellness at or 540-231-8878. Students can reach out to Schiffert Health Center at or 540-231-6444. Additional public health information on common communicable diseases like the flu, COVID-19, RSV, and others can be found on Virginia Tech’s Public Health Information site.

Getting vaccinated against the flu is an important step in protecting oneself and others during the fall and winter seasons. By following these guidelines provided by Hokie Wellness and taking advantage of the available flu shot clinics, individuals can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.

Supposedly: source.

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