Why should people get vaccinated against flu?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many beneftis including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.
Flu Vaccinations on District Campuses
(October 1, 2020 – October 15, 2020)
Beginning October 1st, My Health Onsite nurses will begin visiting campuses to provide flu vaccines to Pasco County Schools employees. Appointments are necessary. The event schedule is posted below. Please check back regularly for updates.
This program is available at no cost to all insured and non-insured employees.
Appointments for the onsite flu vaccinations are available now! Please click here to register.
Click on the image below to view the full onsite schedule.
Flu Vaccinations in the HWCs
(October 15, 2020 – February 28, 2021)
Beginning October 15th, the My Health Onsite Health and Wellness Centers will be offering flu vaccines. Appointments are necessary.
This program is available at no cost to all insured and non-insured employees, as well as spouses, retirees, and dependents 10 years and older who are covered under the District’s health plan.
Information on how to make appointments will be provided closer to the start date. Please stay tuned.
Please note, you may be required to wait 15 minutes before leaving the Center after being vaccinated. Click here to learn why.
If you are covered under the District’s health insurance plan, but do not wish to be vaccinated through the Health and Wellness Centers, please click here for a summary of other options.
After receiving a vaccination, many providers require their patients to wait 15 minutes before they leave due to the potential for syncope (fainting) and/or an allergic reaction to the vaccine. In order to prevent fainting, the following precautions will be taken:
- While being vaccinated, the individual receiving the vaccine will remain seated
- Those vaccinated will be constantly observed for symptoms of weakness, dizziness, pallor, and other signs occurring prior to fainting immediately after receiving a flu shot
- In the event symptoms do occur, appropriate measures will be taken to prevent injuries
There have been an increased number of fainting reports to the Vaccine Adverse Event Report System (VAERS) since 2005. Serious injuries have occurred due to syncope, including one fatality caused by trauma to the head. Of those who experienced syncope, and for whom vaccination and fainting times were reported, 80% had their experience within 15 minutes of vaccination. Allergic reactions are also thought to manifest within a short time after receiving a vaccination.