The 2021 flu season is upon us, and it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot every year.
As we are still in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, many health officials fear it will affect the severity of this year’s flu season, according to a Medical News Today article. Last year, stricter COVID-19 precautions and restrictions like wearing a mask also helped limit other respiratory illnesses like the flu. Because many places have relaxed the restrictions they enforce, many are concerned that this may lead to an increase in this flu season compared to last year.
It is relatively easy to get the flu shot on campus. Vaccines are available in the Health Services building, and you can get vaccinated by appointment or by appointment. The vaccine is covered by insurance, and without insurance it costs $ 47.
âI got one early because I know later on I’ll be too busy,â said Charlotte Bariteau, a freshman dance student. “I don’t want to waste my life any more by getting sick, and because of my major, it’s especially important for future performance.”
After getting the flu shot, there are other things you can do to prevent illness, and many of these overlap with how we prevent COVID-19. These include washing your hands regularly, covering your cough, staying home if you are sick, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
Your annual flu shot is good for you and those around you. Living in a confined building with many other people like a dormitory can become a breeding ground for disease if precautions are not taken, so be sure to do what you can to stay healthy.
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