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K-State Today

October 1, 2019

Be a flu-fighting superhero at Lafene's Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic

Submitted by Shawn Funk

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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.

CDC recommends a three-step approach to fight flu:
1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone six 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 everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and 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 may also prevent serious flu complications.

Starting Oct. 1, K-Staters can drop by Lafene Health Center any time between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and receive the flu vaccine. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to walk in; no appointment is necessary. Bring your student or staff ID and any insurance information. The cost is covered by most insurance companies, but if not, the cost for students is $22 and the cost for faculty and staff is $25. K-State employees will earn one HealthQuest point. The walk-in flu vaccine clinic will continue through Dec. 6.