Knock knock! It’s flu season! Because of this, flu shots are being promoted everywhere and here’s why you should get yours.
First of all, they are being offered for free in the student health centre; since you’re already on campus, why not stop in?
Secondly, and more important, even if you don’t plan on getting sick because you’re one of those Earthbound Gods that “never gets sick,” think of those who are not as lucky. Children, the elderly, and those with preexisting conditions are more likely to have complications from the flu than healthy adults, which can include hospitalization for things like pneumonia or even a coma if their fevers spike too high. Flu shots are about protecting yourself but also the community as a whole.
It’s a defense for you, too. Ever notice how right around midterms and again around exams, everyone is sick and they all still show up to class to spread their germs, or worse, drive you insane because they won’t stop sniffling and coughing mid-lecture? Yeah, that’s thanks to your immune system being weakened due to the stress that consumes you at the end of the semester.
Now sure, missing fifteen minutes of class because that’s the only time you can go seems worse than just risking the flu because you’ve lucked out for the past three years. But what happens when you get the full flu and you’re out for two weeks because your books suddenly looks so far away from your bed, much less actually getting up long enough to attend class (and sniffle, cough, and potentially vomit all over everything)? Suddenly you’re thinking, “maybe if I had just gotten that damn shot, it wouldn’t be this bad.”
Get your flu shot, y’all. If not for the children, then do it for your grades. You’ll be stressed enough as it is. Don’t add sickness to it.
You can get your flu shot on Thursday, October 26, from 1:00-3:00pm. No appointment is necessary; however, they do ask that you have your Medicare/provincial health card with you, as well as your immunization record.