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Flu vaccine available at United Tribes
23 October 2006
By Suzanne Shields, RN, Student Health Center Director

      The United Tribes Technical College Student Health Center will offer flu vaccinations for students, staff and faculty.

      Vaccine will be administered to students the week of October 30 to November 3 in the Student Health Center offices of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Student vaccinations are free of charge.

      To be assured of receiving a vaccination, students may phone for an appointment at extension 1331 or 1409. Appointments will take about 15 minutes.

      Vaccinations for UTTC staff and faculty will be administered the week of November 6 to 10 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at a cost of $10 each. No appointment is required.

      Influenza (the flu) is a respiratory disease that spreads easily. It is characterized by the sudden onset of fever, body aches, sore throat, headache, tiredness and cough, and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting. Flu is spread from person to person and people of all ages can get it. College students, staff and faculty are more at risk because of close contact on the campus.

      The best way to prevent the spread of flu is to get vaccinated every year. This helps in recovery and reduces the spread to others. Other preventive measures are to wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with those who have not been vaccinated or are ill, cover your coughs and throw your tissues in the trash, and stay home when you are sick.

      Anyone diagnosed with the flue should REMAIN AT HOME DURING THE COURSE OF THE ILLNESS.


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