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Protect yourself against the flu

From: Student Affairs

While COVID-19 may be top-of-mind, don’t forget that the flu is a yearly epidemic. Every year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Luckily, we have the means to prevent getting sick, including the flu vaccine.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Virginia Tech is offering students several opportunities for a flu shot. There is a Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Rec Sports Fieldhouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, flu shots will be available to students at Schiffert Health Center starting October 2021. Students must make an appointment by calling 540-231-6444.

Attendees are required to wear a face cover or mask and maintain physical distancing. Individuals who feel sick, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not attend the event.

More information is available at the Schiffert Health Center website.

What if I got my flu shot last year?

The virus actually mutates each year so that it can infiltrate the antibodies your body built up the last time it encountered the flu. This is why it’s important to get the shot each year -- the viruses your body fights are actually different than they were last flu season!

Other ways to prevent getting sick:

Maintaining good hygiene during flu season is crucial to staying healthy. To keep your body clean and germ-free, remember to:

·        Wash your hands thoroughly and often: Washes should last at least 20 seconds, with warm water and soap.

·        Carry hand sanitizer for cleaning on the go: The flu virus can survive on surfaces for up to 8 hours. Clean your hands after you touch doorknobs, public computers, and stairway railings.

·        Stay home when you are sick: Nothing is more important than keeping your body healthy. If you are feeling under the weather, stay home to give your body the chance to fight off unwanted germs. Plus, you can avoid spreading germs to others.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose: when coughing or sneezing, use a tissue and cover mouth and nose completely. 

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