Flu Shots on the Geaux
BATON ROUGE — Getting a flu shot is an important part of staying healthy this season, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months and older get a yearly flu shot. The flu shot helps reduce the chance of catching the flu and needing to seek medical attention for it. Staying healthy can conserve healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
Dr. Nelson Perret, medical director of the LSU Student Health Center, explained why getting a flu shot this year is important.
“The world needs to be vaccinated for the flu more this year than ever before. The healthcare system, such as emergency pre-hospital care, emergency rooms and intensive care units, is overburdened with the current COVID-19 pandemic. A flu epidemic would compound this problem potentially causing not only a healthcare disaster, but also an economic disaster. The best way to prevent this is to get vaccinated for the flu and to continue wearing masks, washing hands and socially distancing,” he said.
With Flu Shots on the Geaux, LSU students can receive the flu shot at several convenient locations throughout campus. The process typically takes 15–20 minutes, and the shots are free for full-time students.
The Fall 2020 locations and dates are as follows:
Monday, October 12
Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Commons (1st floor) • 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13
LSU Student Union, Atchafalaya Room (Rm. 339) • 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14–Thursday, October 15
The LSU Library (Quad), Lobby • 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
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Fall 2020 flu shot fees:
FREE - Full-time students and those who have paid the Student Health Fee.
$15* - Part-time students
$25* - Faculty, staff, retirees and non-student spouses
*cash or checks only
During flu season everyone should practice good health habits including, staying hydrated, getting eight hours of sleep a night, eating three, well-balanced meals a day and exercising regularly.
LSU Student Health Center recommends taking these everyday preventive actions to slow the spread of respiratory illness, which includes both flu and COVID-19:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Disinfect common, shared household objects, such as your computer mouse and keyboard, telephone, television remote control, etc. with a disinfectant.
If you are sick, take these precautions:
- Get tested.
- Stay home from work and school until you are no longer contagious.
- Isolate yourself from roommates or family members as much as possible.
- Anyone who has been in direct contact with you while you are sick should contact their health care provider if they have an underlying health condition or experience symptoms.
Getting a flu shot and continuing to practice everyday preventive actions like wearing a face covering, washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and physically distancing can help slow the spread of both flu and COVID-19.
Contact Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations