Flu Shots

Good news for your health, MEC students. The 2012-2013 vaccines for seasonal influenza are ready.  This means that it’s time to get a flu shot!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months of age should get a yearly vaccine.  Since it can take a few weeks after vaccination for your body to develop the antibodies that protect you from the flu, it’s a good idea to get your shot early- before flu season gets into full swing. Visit the CDC’s Seasonal Influenza page for information about the flu, prevention, treatment, healthcare professional information and more!

Flu.gov from the Department of Health and Human Services is a great place to get started for seasonal influenza information.  Check here for information about who is at risk, caring for those with the flu, prevention precautions and a flu vaccine finder.
Healthcare personnel are especially encouraged to get annual flu vaccinations (that includes you, students!)

Check out the CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Coverage for Health-Care Personnel, the American College of Physicians Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation for Influenza Immunization of Health Care Personnel Policy Statement.

Don’t forget – the MEC librarians are always here to help you find more information about seasonal influenza and vaccination!

Register to Vote by 10/15

Hi MEC community!  Just a reminder that in the state of Virginia, voters must register  22 days before a Primary Election.  This means the last day to register to vote in the Presidential Election is Monday, October 15th for Virginia voters.

According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, to be eligible to register to vote in VA you must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia (A person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • Be a U. S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old (Any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election)
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored

Registering to vote is as easy as filling out a short form.  And the best part is, there are lots of places you can obtain voter registration forms such as:

Make sure you to get your voter registration in by close of business on Monday October 15th, and don’t forget to VOTE on November 6th!

*Important Registration Information:  The League of United Latin Voters will be holding a non-partisan voter registration drive for ALL students interested in voting – regardless of race, ethnicity, or party preference.  The Voter Registration Drive will be Wednesday 10/17 and Thursday 10/18 from 10am – 5pm on the first floor of the MEC Building.