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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The flu season is just around the corner, and that’s why Westminster College is hosting another clinic for vaccinations next week.

On Monday, October 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Wellness Center on campus will be holding on-site flu vaccinations. Students and faculty will only need their insurance cards since most companies cover the flu shot.

The flu is not something to be trifled with, it has serious effects and if not treated properly, it could result in the death of a person.  

Westminster’s health center nurse, Melissa Baron, discussed the flu and it’s symptoms last week. “Usually the flu is a pretty sudden onset of fever, cough, body aches and sometimes people get nausea” said Baron.

Some people may say that getting your flu shot will result in the flu; baron had a comment on this as well.

“Well it is a myth” said Baron, “the flu shot is not a live vaccine.” Which means that it takes two weeks for the flu to build up the antibodies necessary for the flu. This is why everyone should get their flu shots early.

Although flu experts knew it was a rough season last year, they had no idea how bad it actually was.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80,000 Americans died from the flu last year. This is the highest death toll in decades.

Since the flu is so common and not every case is reported, it is difficult to find an exact number of deaths each year.


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