Should LIM College Students get the Flu Shot?
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), up to 20 percent of the U.S. population is affected by the flu virus every year. The flu, or influenza virus, is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. For most people the flu virus is a short-term illness that resolves itself within one to two weeks1. The flu virus is constantly changing and adapting which causes the virus to be easily spread. To prevent the flu virus, new vaccines are created each year, which is why it is important for everyone to get their annual flu shot. Getting a flu shot helps prepare your immune system to effectively fight the flu virus.
The flu virus is currently widespread in all but four states in the country. In New York there are a record number of individuals with the flu, with nearly 20,000 cases being currently reported. Of the people who have contracted the flu virus in New York, 5,200 have been hospitalized. For comparison, this time last year only 3,500 individuals had been hospitalized.
Due to these alarming numbers, the New York Senate is even asking for special flu fighting teams to be deployed, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is recommending that everyone get a flu shot. The best way to protect yourself from this year’s aggressive flu virus is by getting your annual flu shot as soon as possible. Recent flu vaccine studies have shown that by getting a flu shot you reduce the risk of flu illness by 40 to 60 percent2. It is not too late to get a flu shot! There are still 14 weeks remaining in the 2018 flu season.
Where to get flu shots in New York City
- Flu Shots NYC --- 20 East 46th St 9FL, New York, NY 10017
- CVS Pharmacy --- 150 East 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
- Duane Reade Pharmacy --- 852 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017
- U.N Plaza Pharmacy --- 800 2nd Ave D, New York, NY 10017
- Walgreens Pharmacy --- 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118
For more locations you can visit the New York City Health Map. This map provides a list of drug stores and walk-in clinics that provide the flu vaccine. (https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/nychealthmap)
Signs and symptoms of the flu virus
- High fever
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Stuffy/runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
Flu prevention tips
- Receive Influenza vaccination
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid individuals who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Wash your hands frequently with soap or sanitizer
- Cover your mouth/nose when you cough or sneeze
- Disinfect common surfaces
- Door knobs
Weekly Flu View Report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Visit (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm) for a weekly Situation Update along with other facts about the influenza virus and how it has been affecting the U.S.