Syracuse – NCC News. Flu season is about to heat up and it’s important to be prepared. Over 120,000 have died from the flu over the last two years; 2018 alone saw the highest total in over four decades.
There’s no better way to protect yourself from the flu than the flu shot. The Barnes Center at Syracuse University is offering a free flu shot clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. They’ve been doing so for 3 weeks now and it will continue for at least two more weeks.
Syracuse students have flocked to the clinic in record numbers according to Nurse Manager LeeAnne Lane.
“We’ve given out the most flu shots in the 7 years i’ve been here. We ordered 4,000 shots and administered all of them as of this morning so we had to special order more vaccinations.”
Some Syracuse students understand the importance of getting vaccinated. Sydney Michalak of the Syracuse Rowing team has been getting the flu shot for as long as she can remember.
“Being an athlete I know its important to keep my body healthy so if it’s just a simple flu shot i’m gonna do it and they make it easy here.”
The Syracuse flu clinic at the Barnes Center is offered to students and faculty of the university. If you don’t fall under those categories you can always go to your local CVS, doctor’s office, Walgreens and sometimes even your supermarket will offer the flu shot.
There have already been 128 confirmed cases of the flu but that is just the start. According to the Center for Disease Control the number of flu cases increase by an average of 40% at the start of December.
Two Syracuse students that attended the Barnes flu shot clinic, Kyle Greenberg and Mitchel Rudish have gotten the flu in the past. Mitchel says he gets the flu shot every year now.
“Two years ago i got the flu really bad, I couldn’t even celebrate New Year’s so the last two years i’ve gotten the flu shot each time at the clinic.”
It is important to note that the flu shot doesn’t activate for two weeks after receiving the vaccination. Keep your Emergen-c on deck and wash your hands daily.