Get your flu shot on campus this week
By Madonna McDermott, director, Student Health Service and Wellness Center
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated. The Student Health Service and Wellness Center has received a limited supply of flu vaccine. Two flu-shot clinics have been scheduled for UST students, staff and faculty. The fee is $18. To schedule your flu shot, please contact the Wellness Center. If you need additional information, call (651) 962-6128 or (651) 962-6750.
Clinics are scheduled:
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room 2 (lower level), Koch Commons , St. Paul campus
- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Room 254, Terrence Murphy Hall, Minneapolis campus
More about the “flu shot” :
The “flu shot” is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions .
Each vaccine contains three influenza viruses -- one A (H3N2) virus, one A (H1N1) virus, and one B virus. The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year.
About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.
How else to prevent the flu? Stay healthy!
Get plenty of rest. Don't smoke. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than one or two drinks in one sitting. Eat a balanced diet. Drink plenty of healthy fluids. Avoid unnecessary close contact. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
If you do become ill, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are ill. You will help prevent the spread of your illness to others.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
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