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Recently, the university announced that for the first time, we are requiring all students to receive a flu vaccination. Additionally, we are strongly encouraging all of our faculty and staff to do so as well.

This was a decision made at the recommendation of our team of public health and infectious disease experts, who, at every step in our process to reinvent operations this semester, have guided our efforts to keep our campus healthy and safe.

And, we are also following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While our numbers of COVID-19 prevalence on campus have steadily declined, it has never been more important to protect yourself and the people around you from the flu. It’s not only for your health and the health of this community, but to help “reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the CDC.

Additionally, according to CDC guidance, “everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.”

It’s important to make plans to receive a vaccination early as recommended by the CDC, “since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu.”

According to the World Health Organization, vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent the disease, and immunity from vaccination wanes over time so annual vaccination is recommended to protect against influenza.

It’s important that every member of our community keeps making the right decisions for the overall health of our campus. We cannot let our guard down now.