USC Prepares for Upcoming Flu Season - DatelineCarolina

USC Prepares for Upcoming Flu Season

By: Jess Silvaggio

Posted: October 13, 2010

November marks the start of flu season. USC health officials are encouraging students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated.

The Center for Disease Control recommends just one flu shot this year, unlike last year when people had to get two. This year, the vaccine will protect against three strains of the flu including H1N1.

Another difference between last year and this year are health officials are not targeting a specific population. They say everyone ages six months and up should get vaccinated.

The Thompson Student Health Center is host flu clinics nearly every week for the rest of the semester.

"If you get vaccinated your chances of actually contracting the virus are much less than if you don't have the vaccine," says Nicole Carrico, Public Relations Coordinator at the Thompson Student Health Center.

The health center will host clinics in front of the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center, Gambrell, and the Moore School of Business.

In addition to getting the vaccine, the University nurses say to use hand sanitizer and frequently wash your hands.

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