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Health Center offers flu vaccination

Sept. 19, 1996

By Denise Crozier

Lariat Reporter

Flu season is just around the corner and can strike when least expected.

To promote awareness, the Health Center is offering a flu clinic Oct. 1-21 to students and faculty.

Dr. Mark Schwartze, medical director of the Health Center, said he anticipates two types of flu that will pose a problem. Two are type A strains and one is a type B strain. The strains are a type of RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus that causes the flu.

Schwartze said people over 65 who live in nursing homes and have chronic medical conditions or heart or lung conditions, and children and teenagers who take aspirin should get the vaccination.

'Likewise, people allergic to eggs/egg products or allergic to the antibiotics aminoglycosides or thimerosal should not get the vaccination, ' Schwartze said.

Schwartze said he recommends getting the vaccination for two main reasons.

The illness can cause victims to miss up to a week of school or work, putting people behind in their schedules. Even during recovery, people usually still feel ill, which can result in an additional four to five days of low productivity.

'Healthy people receive a great response [to the vaccination] by not having the flu quite as long,' Schwartze said.

Louise Saunders, director of nurses at the Health Center, said that extra help is provided at the clinic to prevent waiting room blues. The process is very simple.

'Students or faculty can come in, get a shot and leave,' Saunders said.

The Health Center urges students and faculty to go to get vaccinated whenever possible.

In the event that students or faculty are unable to come during this time, Schwartze said he encourages them to receive the vaccination whenever they can.

'The Health Center offers the vaccination at any time,' Schwartze said.

The clinic will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $6.50 for students and $7.50 for faculty, including spouses.

For more information concerning the vaccination, contact the Health Center.

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