The Student Health Center will be offering free influenza vaccines to students in the LSC Atrium on Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students are required to have their university I.D. and complete a consent form, which can be printed from the Student Health Center Web site and signed beforehand.
According to the SHC Web site, vaccines are on a first come, first serve basis and additional vaccinations will likely be available in the beginning of November.
Influenza is a contagious disease that can spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing, according to a flyer from the Department of Health and Human Services. It generally lasts only a few days with symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue, but can lead to most serious conditions such as pneumonia.
Even though many people believe the flu isn’t a serious disease, the flyer stated that over 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year from “flu” complications and approximately 36,000 people die each year because of the virus.
The Student Health Center programming coordinator Michelle Lovering said, “Students should get the flu vaccine to reduce the likelihood of severe complications from the flu and reduce the potential spread of the flu.”