USC Health Officials offers flu clinics to students, faculty and staff
One of the early signs of the flu often starts off as a common cold.
Nurse, Mary Hannah explains the importance of getting vaccinated on college campuses.
By: Sierra Bryson
USC health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated with flu season being right around the corner. They are offering flu vaccine clinics targeting USC students, faculty and staff around the campus.
Infectious Disease doctor Matthew Crist says it is really important for young people to get the vaccine.
"Getting vaccinated not only protects them, but protects others that they may come in contact with," says Crist.
Many people worry that the flu vaccine may actually give them the virus. However, the purpose of the shot is to protect them.
"Because your body is ramping up an immune response, in case it actually sees the virus. It may cause you to have some mild symptoms like a low grade fever," says Crist.
Head nurse, Mary Hannah, at the Thomson Student Health Center says there could be some side effects with the shot.
"The most common side effect is that your arm will be sore. We put it in the deltoid muscle, and it's irritating. So that day and night your arm might be pretty sore," says Mary.
So far this school year, USC's campus has reported fewer than 10 cases of the virus. Thomas Student Health is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.