Vinson Health Center offers free flu shots to students

Landry Russell

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After reading over the vaccine fact sheet and signing a consent form, you’re taken to the examination room where they will check your temperature. Then you’re given the shot.
“A flu shot is your only protection against the flu that we can give medically,” says University Physician Keith Williamson. “You always see on late night tv about immune system boosters. This is the real deal. A flu shot will boost your immune system and help protect you against the flu.”
The influenza vaccine is an inactivated version of the virus. Side effects of the vaccine can include fever and chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and a runny or stuffy nose.
There are a number of ways for students to prevent getting the flu.
“Good handwashing and social distancing, staying at least six feet away from people if you’re coughing, coughing into your elbow and not into your hands, these sort of things will really help prevent the flu,” says Williamson.
The vaccine takes two weeks for immunization to build up. After that, it’s good for up to a year. Flu shots are free for students at the Vinson Health Center.
Schedule an appointment in person or by phone at 940-397-4231.
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