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With Fall, Comes the Flu

Getting your shot is worth it, experts advise

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Illustration by Brennan Hernandez

Illustration by Brennan Hernandez

Illustration by Brennan Hernandez

Marissa Chavez, Contributing Writer

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The flu season is right around the corner and with nearly 30,000 students on campus, that’s a lot of germs in the air.

The season starts in October and staying healthy is important for individuals — and the greater campus community.

“Man, last semester I got the flu for what felt like forever. It dropped a few of my grades. I couldn’t work so I lost money. Basically, my life sucked,” said TVF student Marquis Hawkins. “I didn’t really care to get the flu shot or have time, so I passed but I will for sure get it this year and I suggest everyone does since it affects us all.”

With the severity of the influenza virus and strains changing each year, the best way to be protected is to get the flu vaccine, experts say. Last flu season, 20 percent of residents in the county reportedly got the flu, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“It’s always a good idea to get the flu shot,” said Gerald Ko, the head pharmacist at Cal State LA’s Student Health Center. “Only a few hundred students usually come in because they’re scared that the vaccine will give them the flu but it’s rare. The protection it offers is far more rewarding.”

The Student Health Center will offer a $5 vaccine for students and $20 for employees. They recommend if you get the flu, to stay home a minimum of 24 hours after the fever breaks to prevent further spreading.

The health center will be stocked, and nurses will be ready to administer the vaccine beginning in October.

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With Fall, Comes the Flu