January 16, 2013
Georgia Southern University will offer students, faculty and staff two opportunities this month to receive low-cost flu shots during immunization clinics on campus.
The flu vaccine will be available from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 23 in the lobby of the Recreation Activity Center and from 9-11 a.m. Jan. 31 in room 2080 of the Russell Union.
The flu shots will cost $5 for students and $10 for faculty, staff and retirees.
“Like the rest of the country, we are seeing more flu cases this year than we did last year,” said Dr. Brian DeLoach, the medical director of Student Health Services.
“Despite the increase in cases, there is no reason to panic. Most people who contract the flu will feel miserable for several days, but they are going to recover without any problems.”
The medical staff has treated three times as many cases of flu and flu-like illness through the end of December compared to the previous year.
Flu season at Georgia Southern typically peaks in late January and February, and DeLoach urges everyone on campus to be proactive and get a flu shot.
“Just because someone did not get their vaccination in September, it doesn't mean that if they get one in January, it's too late for them,” DeLoach said.
Along with getting an influenza shot, here are some other tips to lower your risk of becoming sick:
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid being around people you know are sick, if possible.
- If you have the flu, avoid being around other people until you have had a day without a fever of 100 or higher.