To combat the upcoming flu season, Watkins Health Center will offer flu vaccine clinics for University of Kansas students and faculty at the Burge Union starting on Wednesday Oct. 8 , 2014. The clinic will be offered throughout October at various locations on campus.

According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccination can help protect people who are at a greater risk of getting seriously ill from the flu, such as older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children. The vaccination can also make your illness milder if you become sick.

A volunteer administers a flu vaccination at a clinic by Watkins Memorial Health Center earlier this semester. Officials recommend everyone older than six months gets vaccinated this season. Dalton Gomez/Kansan Archives
A volunteer administers a flu vaccination at a clinic by Watkins Memorial Health Center earlier this semester. Officials recommend everyone older than six months gets vaccinated this season. Dalton Gomez/Kansan Archives

Trivalent flu vaccines created to protect against three different flu viruses are available at this clinic. This 2014-2015 trivalent flu vaccine protects against H1N1, H3N2 and an influenza B virus.

The KU Student Health service website states the single best way to avoid getting the flu is to get vaccinated. The University offers these vaccines for $30 in the form of a shot, and $40 in the form of a nasal mist. Current KU students may be billed or have their insurance be billed for the vaccine service.

“The vaccine is very important for people on an individual level,” Clinic Chair Patty Quinlan said. “It helps to prevent students from possibly missing three to seven days of classes if they become infected.”

Those who are unable to attend a clinic can set up appointments to receive flu vaccine at Watkins by calling 785-864-9507.

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