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Get your flu shot, or else
Debbie Epping
Antelope Staff
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Just 20 minutes and $20 could save you hours of missed classes and feeling miserable at home or work.

UNK Health Care has partnered with UNMC College of Nursing to dole out flu shots for $20 a pop at their flu shot clinics at West Center Room 152 on Oct. 20 and in the Cedar Room of the student union on Oct. 22 and 29.

This year the shots are an all-in-one vaccine that protects against the swine flu strain plus two other kinds of influenza.

“The flu shot contains the H1N1, H3N2 and a B-strain,” said Cindy Shultz, associate director at UNK health care.

Shultz says a yearly dose is recommended for virtually everyone.

Forget the high-risk checklists.

“Last year there was a shortage, because manufacturers stopped production of the regular seasonal vaccine to make the special H1N1 vaccine,” Shultz said.

Manufacturers this year produced a record number of vaccinations to protect as many people as possible from the disease.

“We can never predict who is going to get sick, and flu symptoms range from sky-high fevers and pounding headaches to chronic coughing and sore throats,” Shultz said.

Although the scare of last fall’s swine flu pandemic is over, Shultz warns students the disease shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Shultz says students should take advantage of the clinics and plan to get vaccinated today.

“I encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine, because the seasonal flu causes serious illness and thousands of deaths every year,” Shultz said.

In addition, the flu strain mutates and changes every year.

“In order to have any immunity an annual immunization is needed,” Shultz said.

4:30 - 8 p.m. Oct. 20
West Center Room 152

9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Oct 22
Cedar Room at the union

4 - 8 p.m. Oct 29
Cedar Room at the union

Cost $20


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