Between continuing COVID-19 concerns, back-to-school adjustments, and hectic life and work schedules, it’s easy to lose sight of important precautions we can take this year to stay healthy. Flu vaccines, for example … which are available across campus for students, faculty and staff.
Individuals have been lining up for their quick “shot in the arm” since the vaccines became available September 22 on Southampton campus, and September 23 in the SAC Auditorium. Assistant Vice President of Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services Marisa Bisiani offered compelling reasons to make protection against the flu virus part of your health regimen this fall… in just one shot:
“I recognize some people have not paid close attention to influenza A and B since COVID-19 has taken front seat in concern for the general population. However, it is important to remember that these viruses are both potentially serious and, in some instances, fatal diseases.
“Even though the viruses spread from one person to another similarly, they are different and so are the vaccines. The CDC encourages vaccination for both.
“We have also learned that the CDC is attributing last year’s historically low flu season in the U.S. to higher-than-usual vaccine rates and public health measures, such as mask wearing, awareness of personal space, frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
“Let’s learn from last season and continue our good health measures!”
While they’re not mandatory, flu shots are a smart choice for staying healthy this fall and beyond. As in the past, the walk-in events on West Campus are provided in partnership with CVS and available for all students, faculty and staff. Please bring your health insurance card.
— Ellen Cooke