Flu season approaches, make preparations

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Flu season is here again and it’s time to fight for your health—even if you don’t have a lot of money.

With no insurance, students can get a flu vaccine at ULM Health Clinic for $38, according to receptionist, Blake Marchbank.

Compared to other vaccine providers like Walgreens, ULM Health Clinic offers a cheaper option.

Sophomore computer information systems major, Aadarsh Rijal, was pleased with the service he received at ULM Health Clinic.

“I would recommend it because its close by campus and you can have a general checkup and treatment done there,” Rijal said. “It was pleasant. I got good advice and an appointment then and there.”

Despite the controversy, it’s impossible to get infected from a flu vaccine, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the flu virus mutates often, scientists must make an educated guess and vaccinate you accordingly. The flu vaccine is updated every year to protect people from the most common flu strain in the previous year.

According to CDC, 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu, but a flu vaccine can reduce the risk of getting sick up to 70 percent.

If you don’t want a flu vaccine, but still want to be prepared for flu season, ULM Health Clinic has other options as well.

“They can recommend over-the-counter medications in order to get you back to feeling better,” Marchbank said.

Whether you get a vaccine or not, you should take precautions to keep from getting sick. Influenza is an airborne disease. Professionals advise covering your face before sneezing or coughing.

Professionals from CDC suggest washing your hands often. Meeting new people, sharing pencils or even touching your face can easily spread germs. Carrying hand sanitizer can be beneficial when you’re in a situation where you’re unable to wash your hands.

While a common cold ensures running nose, sore throat and coughing, the flu includes symptoms such as body aches, fatigue and high fever. If you do get sick, CDC recommends staying hydrated and well-rested.

ULM Health Clinic accepts walk-ins, but appointment is recommended. The health clinic is open Monday through Friday from eight a.m. to five p.m.