By Ryan Hickey
Student Health and Counseling Services will offer free shots this year at the Flu Shot Clinic.
Compared to past years, the Flu Shot Clinic will be free for students, and they will no longer require appointments.
“We wanted to get rid of any obstacles stopping students from getting a flu shot,” Fernando Diaz, senior coordinator for Health Services, said.
The clinic will be held at University Park, so students no longer have to trudge up the hill to the Health Center to get the vaccine.
The Health Center plans to give away 600 flu shots to only students.
Other faculty and staff members will not be eligible.
It takes, apporximately, two weeks for a person to grow antibodies from the flu, so students should try to get their shot sooner than later.
“During the fall and winter seasons, colds and the flu is a top impediment to success,” Health Educator Jonathan Martinez said.
The less likely a student misses class because of illness, the less likely they’ll fall behind in their classes.
Whether or not it’s the first time a student is getting their flu shot or it’s an annual occasion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the vaccine.
The CDC states that the best way to prevent one’s self from getting the flu is by getting the flu shot.
Other preventative measures the CDC advocates for includes washing your hands, avoiding sick people and not touching your nose, eyes or mouth.
The CDC also reports that in recent studies, “the flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illnesses by between 40 percent and 60 percent among the overall population.”
Flu season begins in November and can extend until March.
Last year, the CDC recorded a gradual increase in flu like cases.
California has also been known to have more flu cases than other states.
This is most likely due to to the shear amount of people that live in California compared to other states.
Not only does getting the flu vaccine save one from getting the flu all together, but it also helps prevent the spread of the flu.
As stated by the CDC, students that do catch the flu should stay home and rest.
Depending on the severity of the flu, students should also go see a doctor.
There are antiviral medications, which can relieve some of the discomforts of getting the flu.
The Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at University Park.
Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona
The Health Center will be giving away 600 free flu shots
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