Healthy holidays: Up-to-date campus vaccine and booster information

Sarah Karkoff, Staff Writer

Flu season is nearly upon us, and as the seasons continue to change and the cold forces people indoors, people are more likely to get sick. Fortunately, Case Western Reserve University offers free vaccinations to the student body and faculty. 

For walk-in COVID-19 vaccine doses, a vaccine schedule is available. They are mainly offering dates for the primary doses, but bivalent doses are available on select days. Members of the CWRU community can ensure they qualify for the updated bivalent booster by checking the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those who have had the primary series are generally eligible as long as it has been at least 60 days since their last vaccination. Wear a mask and bring a vaccination card to these appointments.

Individual appointments can also be scheduled if there are no dates or times available on the vaccine schedule. By using—or by calling 216-368-1964—CWRU members have the option to create specific appointments. If it is impossible to get vaccinated at the CWRU sites during open hours, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart are currently offering booster doses. 

The flu vaccine, which fortifies the body against four different influenza viruses, is available on campus as well. The CDC advises that everyone receives the flu vaccine annually. Much like the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important to get immunized every flu season to prevent flu-related complications. Not only does the vaccine diminish the risks of getting sick, but it also helps reduce the negative short-term and long-term effects on the body. Flu-related complications include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions. 

CWRU offers walk-in flu vaccines; all that’s required is for community members to present their CWRU ID to receive an influenza immunization. All of the dates and locations are available on the University Health and Counseling Services website. Scheduled appointments are also available on MyHealthConnect through the hours of 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. 

Masks can help keep respiratory illnesses—such as the flu or the common cold—from spreading, and should be worn if feeling sick in public.