COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Flu season is just right round the corner and more than ever health officials at Mississippi University for Women are stressing the need for everyone to get their flu shots.
The W’s Campus Health Center will conduct its annual flu clinic Monday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pohl Gymnasium. The event is sponsored by The W in collaboration with Allegro Family Clinic. The flu clinic is open to students, faculty, staff and their dependents. Individuals currently taking antibiotics or experiencing fever should delay getting the vaccine until the fever is resolved.
While the impact of the flu season can be different from year to year, studies show that the flu vaccine can reduce the severity of its effects as well as hospitalizations.
Dr. Tammie McCoy, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said, “We encourage everyone to get the flu shot each year. However, the flu shot is even more important this year during the pandemic. We want to help keep our community as healthy as possible. We also want to help decrease the burden on the health care systems that has already been stretched in caring for patients with COVID 19.”
Those most at risk for flu include the very young, the very old and those who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, etc., said Dr. McCoy.
According to the CDC, it takes approximately two weeks to develop immunity after receiving the vaccination. The vaccination is recommended each fall to allow the immunity to continue throughout the entire flu season. Common side effects of the flu shot include: soreness, redness, and/or swelling at the injection site, fever, muscle aches, headache and nausea. The flu shot cannot cause flu (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm).
Flu symptoms include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue and occasional diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children), 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
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Clean and disinfect frequently touch surfaces at home, work or school
• Practice other good habits such as get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food
No appointment is needed. The cost is $30 or Allegro Family Clinic will file insurance. Attendees are asked to bring front and back copies of their insurance cards. The vaccination will also be available past October 5th at the Campus Health Center and the cost will be $30.
The W’s Campus Health Center operates from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Flu Fighters, a coalition of Mississippi associations and agencies, has united to encourage all Mississippians to get their flu shot this year. The Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Association of Family Physicians, the Mississippi Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, the Mississippi Hospital Association, the Mississippi Nurses Association, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi State Medical Association invite the public to join them in the effort and Fight Flu, Mississippi!
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Sept. 17, 2020