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Brooklyn College Health Clinic Has Flu Shots for the 2005-06 Influenza Season

Brooklyn College Health Clinic Has Flu Shots for the 2006–07 Influenza Season

One of the billions of influenza viruses that will be lying in wait for you this winter.

The Brooklyn College Health Clinic, located at 114 Roosevelt Hall, will be holding a flu clinic on Wednesday, November 1, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The vaccine will be free for Brooklyn College students with valid ID. All others will be charged $15.

Members of the College community who are at risk for complications of the flu, who live with young children, and who care for people with compromised health are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Influenza is a very contagious illness that strikes millions of Americans each year. Unlike the common cold, the flu has a swift onset of severe symptoms beginning with two to seven days of fever, headache, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, runny nose and sore throat, and a cough that is often severe and may last seven days or more.

Flu viruses are spread in respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing, and by touching contaminated objects and then touching one’s mouth or nose. Infectiousness to others begins one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. There are two types of flu vaccines:
• The "flu shot"—an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) approved for use in children and adults.
• Nasal-spray vaccine (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine)—made with live, weakened flu viruses, approved for use in healthy, nonpregnant individuals ages five to forty-nine.

About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against influenza-like illnesses caused by other viruses.

Who should get vaccinated?
Anyone at risk of complications from influenza, as well as those who live, work, or may come in contact with people at high risk, should get vaccinated against the flu.

• Persons who are sixty-five years of age or older
• Residents of long-term-care facilities
• Persons who are two to sixty-four years of age with chronic medical conditions, such as diseases of the heart, lungs, or kidneys, those with diabetes, or those on long-term aspirin therapy
• All children six to twenty-three months of age
• Pregnant women
• Health care personnel who provide direct patient care
• Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of infants younger than six months

Further prevention measures:
• Wash your hands often.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Keep your distance from others when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands to help prevent others from catching your illness.