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Laurier flu clinics
Flu season has arrived early this year, and in response, flu clinics are being offered to Laurier students, staff and faculty.
Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. People of any age can get the flu, and are usually ill between two and seven days.
According to Laurier Health Services, getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu.
The flu shot helps to strengthen your body’s natural immune response against the flu. It does this by stimulating your immune system to build up antibodies against the virus, making it stronger so that it's ready to fight off the illness before it starts.
Laurier’s Health Services Department, in conjunction with Waterloo Region Public Health, is again hosting on-campus flu clinics for Laurier students, staff and faculty.
Those interested can sign up for an appointment online. If there are no available time slots, the Student Health and Development Centre welcomes walk-ins during clinic times.
For more information about the on-campus clinics in Waterloo, visit: http://waterloo.mylaurier.ca/health/info/Flu.htm
Flu shots are free of charge. Please bring your health card.
The Brant County Health Unit is running all the flu clinics. Laurier Brantford’s Health Services department will give out the flu shots to students, faculty and staff who request it by appointment, and will also welcome walk-ins. For more information about Brant County’s flu clinics, please visit: http://www.bchu.org/content/view/1061/769/
Waterloo Region Public Health provided the following tips about the flu:
To further reduce the risk:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm running water – especially before eating, preparing food and after blowing noses or using the washroom
- Use alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer (either gel or wipes) when soap and water are not available
- Symptoms include sudden onset of fever (accompanied by chills), cough, sore throat and muscle or joint aches.
If you have the flu:
- Stay home until the symptoms begin to lessen
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, or if tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the upper sleeve or elbow of clothing to prevent spreading