Flu Vaccine Now Available at Pat Walker Health Center; Drive-Through Clinic Sept. 28-29

With the flu season right around the corner, now is a great time to get your annual flu vaccine.

Pat Walker Health Center is now offering flu vaccines for the U of A community. Students, faculty and staff can schedule their flu vaccine appointment online at myhealth.uark.edu. 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Pat Walker Health Center will not offer a walk-in flu vaccine clinic this semester. Appointments (and masks) are required for flu vaccines administered at the clinic.

Health center officials anticipate a higher-than-normal demand for the flu vaccine this season, so medical experts are strongly encouraging everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible.

"Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year," said Dr. Huda Sharaf, medical director for Pat Walker Health Center. "Not only is the flu vaccine the single best way to protect against the flu virus, but getting a flu vaccine this season can help reduce the burden on our health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Drive-Through Flu Vaccine Clinic
For added convenience, Pat Walker Health Center is hosting a drive-through flu vaccine clinic at Baum Walker Stadium parking lot. No appointment is required.

Get Your Flu Vaccine
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 28-29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parking Lot across from Baum-Walker Stadium – South Razorback Road and West 15th Street

The vaccine clinic is for students, faculty and staff only — you must present your U of A ID card/number. Mask/face covering is also required. 

The cost of the flu vaccine is $20 for students and $50 for faculty/staff; however, most health insurance policies cover the cost of the vaccine at 100 percent. 

Important: PWHC officials will not collect payment onsite. All charges, if applicable, will be billed to your UAConnect account. Please make sure to bring your health insurance card/policy information to avoid being charged for the vaccine.

The CDC strongly recommends everyone aged six months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated early is the best way to ensure you are protected throughout the entire flu season.

Take Everyday Actions to Protect Against Flu … and COVID-19

  • Wash your hands often. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Don't share food, drink, utensils or vaping devices.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if they have fever, cough and a sore throat.
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.

If you are experience flu-like symptoms, see your medical provider to help reduce the severity of the flu. To schedule an appointment at the health center, call 479-575-4451 or go to myhealth.uark.edu.

Find more information about the flu at health.uark.edu

Contacts

Scott Flanagin, executive director of communications
Division of Student Affairs
479-575-6785, sflanagi@uark.edu

John Thomas, manager of university communications
University Relations
479-575-7430, jfthomas@uark.edu

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