Student Health and Wellness

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Influenza Vaccines 2021


It’s flu shot time, Healthy Javelinas. Did you know that the flu is a vaccine-preventable illness? In addition to helping to prevent the flu, the flu shot can also help to prevent more serious consequences of the flu, including hospitalizations and death. With COVID-19 still circulating, it is especially important to practice flu prevention along with COVID-19 prevention. After all, you can get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Aside from helping yourself, when you get the flu shot you contribute to herd immunity which means that when you get flu shot, you also help out other who cannot get the flu vaccine. More people being protected against the flu means less people being hospitalized or seeking medical care for the flu which in turn will mean that more medical resources could be utilized for other illnesses, including COVID-19.

Before You Schedule a Flu Shot

· This year, flu shots given at Student Health will be administered by appointment only.

· We have a very limited supply of vaccine which will be provided on a first-scheduled basis.

· In order to qualify for a flu shot, you must not have any contraindications (things which indicate the flu shot may be harmful to you) and you must also be free of any COVID-19 related symptom, not have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the 10 days prior to the vaccine, not have had an exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the vaccine, and not be in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19.

· As with all TAMUS schools, all persons receiving medical care are required to wear a face covering. Please wear your face covering or mask during your visit. As a courtesy, please limit visitors to one person. All guests must also wear a face covering.

· All vaccines will be administered outdoors. If the weather does not allow for outdoor service, your flu shot will be rescheduled.

· On the day of your vaccination, you will need to bring with you a face covering, your University ID, and a fully charged cell phone.

· All persons receiving a flu shot will be required to have a 10-minute observation period after the vaccine is given.

· Please arrive on time to avoid the $25 No-Show Charge. Also, if you arrive late, you will be asked to reschedule.

· If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call the front desk staff at 361-593-3991. Remember to call two or more hours prior to your appointment in order to avoid the $25 No-Show Charge.

· If you are under 18 years of age and would like to receive a flu shot, you will need to have your parent or guardian complete and return a Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor form which can be found on the Medical Portal and on our website.

· Please follow the directions below in order to begin the scheduling process. Please call the Health Care Clinic staff at 361-593-3196 of you have any questions or if you are having any difficulty in completing the process.

To Begin the Scheduling Process

1. Go to the Medical Portal at https://medicalportal.tamuk.edu/ and sign in.

2. Go to Downloadable Forms. (DO NOT TRY TO UPLOAD YOUR FORM USING THE UPLOAD BUTTON.)

3. Download the Influenza Vaccination Consent and Administration Form 2021 and save to your device.

4. Download the Influenza Vaccine Information Statement and save to your device.

5. Download the Privacy Notice and Patient Rights and Responsibilities for the year and save to your device.

6. Complete the downloaded Influenza Vaccination Consent and Administration Form 2021 and save it to your device.

7. Review the Influenza Vaccine Information Statement. Call 361-593-3196 if you have any questions.

8. Keep the Vaccine Information Sheet and the Privacy Notice for your own information.

9. Go back to the Medical Portal.

10. Do not upload your form using the upload button as this may cause an error message and the clinic staff will not know that you have returned a form. Instead, continue with the steps below.

11. Go to Messages.

12. Click on New Message.

13. Click on the radio button that reads: I want to send a message or attachment to the Nurse.

14. Under Compose New Secure Message, type in “flu shot form” under subject then attach your document and click send.

15. Log out of the Medical Portal.

After You Return Your Form

1. Your form will be reviewed by the HCC staff.

2. After your forms are reviewed, you will be called by the HCC staff. If you qualify for a flu shot, you will be scheduled. If you do not qualify to receive a vaccine, you will be advised of how to proceed.

3. If you do not hear from the HCC within 1-2 business days of returning your forms, please call 361-593-3196. If you still do not hear back from the staff by the end of the business day on which you left your message, please call the front desk at 361-593-2904.

On the Day of Your Appointment

1. Remember to wear a mask.

2. Arrive on time to avoid the $25 No-Show Charge.

3. Call the phone number posted on the front door and tell the front desk staff you have arrived for your appointment.

4. The nurse will call you and screen you for COVID-19.

5. Take out your ID and have it ready to show the nurse.

6. Roll up your sleeve to your shoulder.

7. Get your vaccine.

8. Wait for 10 minutes to make sure you do not have any side effects. If you have any side effects, report to them to the nurse immediately. The nurse will discharge you when the time is up.

9. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Revised 9/15/2021