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"Now is the time to get a flu shot — flu season is here!" says Human Resources Director of Communications Erin Long.

Emory is offering several options for getting a flu shot this year, depending on which medical plan employees use. These options include Kroger pharmacies, doctor's offices or other pharmacies that participate in the program. There will not be roving clinics for the shots on campus this year.

"In order to be protected against seasonal influenza, you must get a flu shot each and every year. The 2012-13 vaccine will protect against three different flu virus strains: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and influenza B virus," says Paula Gomes, director of the Faculty Staff Assistance Program.

All Emory employees who work in an Emory Healthcare setting are required to get a flu shot. Emory Healthcare is holding its annual flu shot marathon, where employees can get the needed documentation that they've had the shot. Those who use one of the other methods to obtain the shot should get the documentation and send it to Employee Health for validation.

The Centers for Disease Control website has answers to frequently asked questions about influenza, flu shots and the 2012-13 vaccine.

Gomes says, "Circulating flu viruses change every year, and therefore so must the vaccine used to prevent them. Even if you got the H1N1 vaccine — or the H1N1 illness — last year, you should be vaccinated again this year."

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