In an effort to help students stay healthy throughout the upcoming flu season, the SHSU Student Health Center began offering free flu shots Wednesday to interested students,
The program, which will continue through today, is designed to offer students quick and convenient protection from one of the most common winter ailments.
“Our goal is to minimize the spread of the flu on campus and keep students healthy and in class,” said student health programming coordinator Sarah Hanel. “The only cost to students wanting the vaccine is their time spent waiting in line.”
The vaccines will be administered today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Atrium. Interested students must be at least 17 years of age and must not be pregnant or nursing. Students are also encouraged to wear clothing that allows easy access to the shoulder area.
Also, students will need to present their Bearkat OneCard for identification purposes.
Even if students do not wish to receive the vaccine, there are still many things that they can do to keep themselves healthy over the winter, added Hanel.
“The most essential things students can do to avoid the spread of flu is to consistently wash their hands, avoid rubbing their noses, eyes and mouths and continue a healthy lifestyle,” she said.
Staff and faculty interested in receiving a flu shot may do so through the Health Center on October 14-15.
More information about the flu or the vaccines can be found from the Health Center at 936-294-1805 or by visiting http://www.shsu.edu/healthcenter.