COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine to protect against the flu virus, and on Wednesday, Oct. 16 The W’s Health Center will conduct its annual flu clinic.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get the vaccination, according to Dr. Johnnie Sue Wijewardane, assistant professor and department chair of the graduate nursing program.
“The CDC recommends everyone over six months of age receive the flu shot unless there is a compelling reason against it,” she said. “The flu vaccine protects not only the ones who receive the vaccine, but those who cannot receive the vaccine.”
Those most at risk include the very young, the very old and those who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, etc., she added.
Dr. Wijewardane said it takes about two weeks for the body to build immunity after the shot.
Flu symptoms include fever (that exceeds 100.4), cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, chills, fatigue and occasional diarrhea and vomiting, according to www.flu.gov.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following steps to stay healthy during the flu season:
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Avoid close contact with others who show signs of illness
- Toss tissues in the trash after one use
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve—not your hands
- Rest if you are sick
Shots are available at the campus Health Center to students, faculty, staff and their dependents over 3-years-old, according to Eva Black, registered nurse and Health Center director.
No appointment is needed and the cost is $25, which can be paid with cash or check. The vaccination will be available past Oct. 16.
The W’s Health Center operates from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.