Flu shots now available at health center

 

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The Student Health and Counseling Center is now offering flu shots for $15 in Room 116/120 of Rasmuson Hall.

The shots are available to the public.

Bette Fenn, director of the Student Health and Counseling Center, said the shot protects against flu strands A, B and H1N1.

“Anyone can come in and get a flu shot,” she said.

According to Fenn, the center doled out as many as 700 shots in 2009 during the first H1N1 outbreak, and while the center does not see those numbers anymore, they are prepared to accommodate many people.

“We’ve never run out,” she said.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that flu season usually lasts from October until May. While pregnant women, children younger than 5 years old, adults over 65 years old and Alaska Natives are at high risk for getting the flu or flu related complications.  The CDC recommends everyone be vaccinated yearly.

The website states that symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue and possible vomiting and diarrhea.

If left untreated, the flu can also cause pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

In severe cases, the flu can also result in complications leading to death.

The CDC states, “Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.”

Fenn said that while people are able to choose whether or not to get the shot those who have had the flu are most eager to get vaccinated.

“The people who are the most grateful are the ones who say, ‘I’ve had the flu before and I never want to go through that again,’” Fenn said.

Calls to other clinics in the city listed flu shots at $28-$45.

The center is open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Flu shots are only available on a walk-in basis.