USC kicks off flu season with flu shots - DatelineCarolina

USC kicks off flu season with flu shots

Student Kelsie Dirksing says her flu shot experience was quick and easy. Student Kelsie Dirksing says her flu shot experience was quick and easy.
Students fill out a brief form before getting their vaccination. Students fill out a brief form before getting their vaccination.

By: Karamie Sullivan

USC students and staff stopped to get their flu shot Wednesday at Davis Field, between Student Health Services and the Thomas Cooper Library.  The peak "flu season" is from December to March.  Health Services is providing this shot now to help prevent an outbreak. 

Director of Nursing and Patient Services Janet Jackson held the event outside this year to help vaccinate more people.

"Visibility is important and also accessibility so everybody's walking through, getting lunch or going to class.  So we can catch both faculty, staff, and students," said Jackson.

The vaccine is effective against four main strains of the flu.  It is also a dormant vaccine, so people who receive it cannot get sick from it.

USC student Kelsie Dirksing said the process was quick and convenient. 

"I just walked right into the clinic and then they had me fill out some forms and then I got the shot and was able to leave right away," said Dirksing. 

For people who have not yet received their shot, Health Services will be setting up flu clinics across campus within the next few days.  These will take place Thursday at the Capstone Lobby, October 5 at the Health Services patio, and October 6 at the women's quad.

The vaccine is free for students, and $20 for faculty and staff.

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