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GSU offers low-cost flu shots for students, staff

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern University students, faculty and staff are being offered two opportunities during the month of January to receive low-cost flu shots on campus. The shots will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in the lobby of the Recreation Activity Center and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 31 in the Russell Union, Room 2080. The flu shots cost $5 for students and $10 for faculty, staff and retirees.

"Like the rest of the country, we are seeing more flu cases this year than we did last year," said Dr. Brian DeLoach, medical director of Student Health Services, in a press release. "Despite the increase in cases, there is no reason to panic. Most people who contract the flu will feel miserable for several days, but they are going to recover without any problems."

Compared to 2011, the medical staff has treated three times the amount of flu and flu-like illness through the end of Dec. 2012. The flue season typically peaks in late January and February at Georgia Southern.

"Just because someone did not get their vaccination in September, it doesn't mean that if they get one in January, it's too late for them," said DeLoach in a press release.

Along with getting the shot, here are some other tips from Georgia Southern to lower your risk of becoming sick:

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid being around people you know are sick if possible
  • If you have the flu, avoid being around other people until you have had a day without a fever of 100 or higher
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