Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious disease caused by one of many influenza viruses. It primarily attacks the respiratory tract—the nose, throat and lungs—in humans.
Influenza spreads when a person sends the flu virus into the air and other people inhale the virus. The virus enters the nose, throat or lungs of a person and begins to multiply, causing symptoms of the flu. Influenza usually comes on suddenly and may include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches and insomnia.
The best way to prevent influenza is to get the flu shot. Last year, a new quadrivalent or four-strain vaccine came on the market, which is protective against four of the possible strains predicted for the upcoming season.
Flu shots are available for students, faculty, staff and faculty emeritus by appointment at the University Health Center. Call the center’s Allergy/Travel Clinic at 706-542-5575 to make an appointment.
The regular shot is $30 for faculty and staff, and the high-dose shot is $35 for faculty, staff and retired faculty older than 65. A valid UGA ID is required, and payment can be made by cash, check or card at the UHC cashier’s desk. Faculty and staff will be given a statement to file with their private insurance company.