Dartmouth College Health Service
5-7 Rope Ferry Road, HB 6143
Hanover, NH 03755
Influenza is an illness caused by a virus and is characterized by the abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and dry cough. Many other respiratory illnesses follow this same pattern, however, and the influenza vaccine will not prevent these other, similar illnesses. Unlike other respiratory illnesses, influenza can cause severe malaise lasting several days. Illnesses consisting primarily of nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea are not influenza.
It is strongly recommended that the following groups of people be immunized:
In addition, persons providing essential community services and students in institutional settings (e.g. dormitories) are encouraged to receive flu vaccine to minimize the disruption of routine activities during epidemics.
You may have fever, malaise, and muscle aches starting 6-12 hours after the injection and lasting 1-2 days. You may also have pain at the injection site lasting 1-2 days.
No, the vaccine contains killed virus only and cannot cause influenza.
Previous experience has shown that the flu vaccines are usually 70-90 percent effective.
You should not take the vaccine if you have an acute infection. Wait a few days until you have recovered.
Dartmouth College Health Service has provided Flu Clinics during the Fall Term 2012 and added special clinics in January 2013.
No additional Flu Clinics are scheduled at this time.
Students who have not received a flu shot for this season may call the Health Service at (603) 646-9401 to make an appointment for a flu vaccine while supplies last.
Last Updated: 1/21/13