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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say everyone
6 months and older should be vaccinated against flu.

Learn about flu, when to call your provider, how to care for yourself when you're sick and why vaccination's so important.

The flu is here

Flu is now widespread in Massachusetts and nationwide. Public health officials say one circulating strain may have a greater impact on young and middle-aged adults; hospitalizations and deaths have been reported.

It's not to late to vaccinate! UMass students and other UHS patients can be vaccinated at the health center; community clinics and retailers are also offering vaccinations for those primary care provider is not at UHS.

If you become ill, seek care right away. Medications can help reduce illness and risk of complications, but they're only effective if taken early in the infection.

Students and other UHS patients:


Flu vaccinations at UHS are available to UMass Amherst students; and faculty, staff and students' dependents whose primary care provider is at UHS.

To schedule a vaccination, call (413) 577-5101. If you already have an appointment with a UHS provider, you can be vaccinated at the same time – just ask!

Vaccinations are billed to your health insurance; bring your plan’s ID card with you. Both injected and inhaled forms of the flu vaccine are available.

If UHS is not your primary care provider:


See your regular healthcare provider for a vaccination, attend a community clinic or stop by one of the many retailers offering flu vaccines. To find an immunization site near you, try the HealthMap app.


Be health smart

For you and your community

These simple steps can help keep you healthier!

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow instead of into your hands. Throw used tissues into the trash.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, to reduce the spread of germs.

Don't share food, drinks, utensils and other similar items.

If you’re sick, stay home from school or work, and limit contact with others.