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CSU giving flu shots ahead of flu season

Photo by Jeylin White: Clorice Walker, certified medical assistant at Clayton State University Health Services (right), laughs it up with Jennifer Cooper, a senior at the university, before giving her the flu shot vaccination.

Photo by Jeylin White: Clorice Walker, certified medical assistant at Clayton State University Health Services (right), laughs it up with Jennifer Cooper, a senior at the university, before giving her the flu shot vaccination.

“It’s never too early to get a flu shot,” said Julia Spinolo, director of Health Services at Clayton State University.

Spinolo –– following the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) –– said, although it’s not quite flu season, health services has already begun to administer flu shots.

“We always go by what the CDC recommends,” she said. “The [CDC] said, once we get the vaccine, we should go ahead and start giving them out.”

The vaccinations started Wednesday morning at Clayton State University Health Services, located in the Student Services building, on campus.

Flu vaccinations are being offered to Clayton State students, faculty members and their families, and to the community at-large.

No appointment is necessary, and shots will be administered to persons 3 years of age, and older, said Spinolo.

She added that the cost for the vaccinations will be as follows: For CSU students, faculty and staff –– $15. Family members of the Clayton State community will also get the discounted price of $15. For the general public, the shots are $20.

In figuring the prices for flu shots, Spinolo said she took into account that many people may have some financial challenges in this difficult economy, so the price was kept as reasonable as possible, which should help the community as a whole.

“We try to keep it at cost,” said Spinolo. “We still have to have a little bit of money to buy supplies, such as gloves and needles.”

Jennifer Cooper, a senior at CSU, was not shy about getting her arm pricked by a needle on Wednesday. In fact, she noted that she will be going into the health profession, once she graduates this year. “I’m used to being around needles,” she said. “I’m not scared of getting a shot.”

Clorice Walker, a certified medical assistant for the university’s Health Services, who was on hand to deliver the vaccinations, said only a handful of students and community members came into the office, Wednesday, to get an early start on protecting themselves for the flu season.

Spinolo added that the reason for the low turn out was that many people, on campus or in the community, haven’t gotten word yet that Health Services is offering flu shots early this year.

But, because it’s still early, she said, people will have plenty of time to come in for the shot. “We will be giving the [flu] shots all the way though the month of March,” she said.

For those who are determined to try to steer clear of the flu this fall and winter, and avoid its misery-causing symptoms and pain, Spinolo said there are other precautions people can take along with getting a flu shot.

They are really simple, common-sense measures: Stay away from sick people; wash your hands frequently; avoid touching your face after handling public door knobs; and cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, or a piece of tissue, rather than your hand.

Hours of operation for Clayton State University Health Services are as follows: 7 a.m., to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m., to 4 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Spinolo said the health service will take the last client for a flu shot each day, 45 minutes before closing. For more information about the flu shot, and other health services through the university, visit: www.nursing.clayton.edu.uhs.