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Flu Season 

Help Prevent the Spread of the Disease With a Flu Shot

Medical Director Graciela Desemone spent some time last week outside the Campus Center sharing information about the flu with students. (Photo by Michael Christakis)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 13, 2017) — The first flakes of the season fell Friday, the temperature plunged and the winds began howling.

It might not be winter yet, but it’s definitely flu season.

To help make sure the campus community is protected, Student Health Services is conducting flu shot clinics this week on all three campuses, open to students, faculty and staff.

The first one is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the George Education Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus.

The second will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Husted Hall Room 110 on the Downtown Campus.

The third will be from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Main Lounge of the Campus Center on the Uptown Campus.

UAlbany Medical Director Graciela Desemone said the most important step in preventing flu – for yourself and for the whole community – is to get vaccinated.

“The flu is contagious and it can lead to more serious illness, including pneumonia, she said. “College students are especially at risk given the close contact with others in dorms, classrooms, public transportation, and social events.”

The flu shots are provided by Hannaford Pharmacies, and are free with most insurances. No appointment is needed, and bring your insurance information or ID card.

Student Health Services is also participating in a friendly competition among colleges and universities across the U.S. to increase flu vaccination rates.

The Alana Yaksich National College/University Flu Vaccination Challenge asks faculty, staff and students who have had a flu shot to fill out a quick, anonymous survey. The institution with the greatest number of surveys completed gets a trophy, bragging rights and, hopefully, a healthy campus.

For information about the clinics or competition, contact the Health Center at  (518) 442-5454.

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