Health Services offers free flu shots, urges individuals to get vaccinated

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Nobody wants to miss any of their classes, especially when flu season is just around the corner, which is why Health Services is offering free flu shots in order to prepare for the worst.

Events have been hosted throughout October, and two events remain. The first one is Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and the second one is Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., both in PAC C/D.

If you miss those events, you can schedule an appointment with Health Services afterwards.

Previously, Health Services offered vaccinations for $20 to $25. However, this year the shots are completely free thanks to UIS.

“We don’t need insurance; we don’t need anything. All you have to be is a student,” said Lorie Mick, a nurse with health services. “We only don’t want you to come if you’re feeling sick, wait till you’re feeling better.”

Students’ significant others 18 years of age and older can also receive flu shots for $20.

It is recommended that you don’t get the shot if you’re allergic to eggs, since the vaccine has some protein extracted from them.

More than 175 students have received their flu shot this year, a dramatic increase from seasons prior.

“We’ve never had that many people,” said Mick.

Influenza (aka the flu), is a common disease, and often times the most common vaccination to be forgotten.

The more people get their flu shot, the less likely it is that the disease will spread.

“This is the time you want to get it,” said Kelli Turner, a physician assistant. “You want to get it before the viruses really spread out in the community because it takes about 2 weeks or more to gain immunity from a shot.”

To get the shot is very easy: all you have to do is print out a vaccination form to fill out, which can be found at uis.edu/healthservices.

Or, you can fill it out at the Health Services Building if you forget.

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