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September 23, 2020

Lafene Health Center offering walk-in flu vaccine clinics this week

Submitted by Shawn Funk

Willie Fight Flu 2020

Lafene Health Center is holding walk-in flu vaccine clinics in the K-State Student Union Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday. No appointment is necessary for the walk-in clinics, which are a quick and easy way to get an annual flu shot. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by. Bring your student or staff ID and any insurance information.

The cost is covered by most insurance companies, but if not covered by your insurer, the flu shot is $22 for students and $25 for faculty and staff.

If you are unable to attend one of the walk-in clinics, an appointment for a flu vaccination can be made at Lafene Health Center via the myLafene patient portal or by calling 785-532-6544.

The flu is a potentially serious, contagious disease. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu can lead to hospitalization and even death.

Getting a flu vaccine each year provides the best protection against the virus. Although the flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, getting a flu vaccine this fall is more important than ever because both viruses affect the respiratory system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends a three-step approach to fight flu:

  1. Take time to get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against flu.

  2. Take daily preventive actions to help reduce the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you become sick, limit your contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands often.

  3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They also may prevent serious flu complications.