If you’re looking to get your flu vaccine this year for free, look no further than your own Student Health Centre.
The Centre, with the help of 3rd year nursing students, is holding flu clinics on the following dates:
- Thursday October 24 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday October 30 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- Thursday October 31 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m
- Thursday November 7th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
All you need to bring is your provincial health card (such as your Medicare card if you’re a New Brunswick resident), and your immunization card for them to sign.
The vaccine is recommended for EVERYONE six months and older. (if you have a health issue that would prevent you from being able to receive the vaccine, your health care provider will let you know).
Not worried about getting the flu? You can still transmit it to other people who cannot fight it and may not survive having it. Don’t be selfish, get the flu shot.
Influenza viruses occur seasonally, usually in the winter months. Receiving the flu virus is the most effective way of preventing yourself from receiving the virus, and therefore spreading it to others.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, cough, runny/stuffy nose, and fatigue.
It is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with contaminated surfaces and hands. Those infected are contagious one day before symptoms start and continue to be three to five days after.
Other ways to protect yourself include frequent hand washing, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and exercising regularly. Make sure you get out to one of the school-provided clinics or your own healthcare provider to receive the vaccine – not just for you, but for your loved ones, too.