To avoid the crushing blow of the annual flu season, Sam Houston State University’s Student Health Center is offering free flu vaccines to students. Starting Tuesday, October 2 and going through Thursday, October 4, Student Health will give the vaccinations in the LSC Atrium from 9 am to 3 p.m .
The limited number of vaccinations are available on a first come first serve basis. Student Health offers the vaccine free of cost for students, rather than charge a small fee like most universities.
To get their vaccinations, students must present a valid Bearkat OneCard and a signed consent form, available during the event in the Atrium or through Student Health.
In addition to the vaccine, on Tuesday there is also a “Campus Wellness Fair,” among them tables from the Health Center and the Counseling Center. Students will be able to get free heath assessments along with the ever-exciting free prizes.
On Thursday, Academic HealthPlans will be in the atrium to discuss the importance of health insurance and to give out prizes. Students will be able to get information on health insurance any time at the Academic HealthPlans table, and enter a drawing to win an iPod shuffle.
In addition to the vaccine, students should practice basic clean habits to avoid catching the flu. Frequently washing hands and covering coughs can offset the viral attack.
The college age-range is typically classified as lower risk for the influenza virus than children and the elderly. However, those with chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes should get vaccinated to prevent complications from the flu.
Regardless of initial health, a few factors raise the risk of flu for students, especially for the college age demographic.
“Students are in close contact with each other, with stress and other unhealthy behaviors.” Michelle Lovering, Health Programming Coordinater, said. “It puts them at risk for getting the flu and complications.”
For more information, visit the Student Health Center’s website at http://www.shsu.edu/~uhc_www/