Colleges like LSU are taking more steps to keep students healthy as we get closer to flu season

LSU taking steps to keep students healthy with Flu Shots on the Geaux program

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU is now offering free flu shots to students through its Flu Shots on the Geaux program.

Full-time students can get a free flu shot at one of several locations on campus. The process takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is free, university officials say.

Now more than ever doctors and state officials are calling on all of us to get a flu shot this year. This week, LSU is hosting their annual Flu Shots on the Geaux to keep students healthy.

At least 400 LSU students are coming in to get their flu shots to prepare for the flu season.
At least 400 LSU students are coming in to get their flu shots to prepare for the flu season. (Source: WAFB)

“Preventing the spread of illness is so important which luckily the social distancing that we’re all doing, wearing face masks, and washing your hands for 20 seconds is so important and it can help prevent the spread of the flu and COVID,” says Rebecca Fontenot who is the director of the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion in the LSU Student Health Center.

Besides, preventing the flu, LSU wants to make sure they are doing their part to keep hospitalization rates down during the pandemic. “It’s so important, especially, this year getting the flu shots reduces the risks of catching the flu and needing to seek medical attention for it. So, staying healthy this season can help conserve those health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19,” adds Fontenot.

At least 400 LSU students are coming in to get their flu shots to prepare for the flu season.
At least 400 LSU students are coming in to get their flu shots to prepare for the flu season. (Source: WAFB)

Fontenot says flu season already strains the medical community, so they want to get as many students vaccinated as possible. So far, they have vaccinated around 400 just after their second day, and they hope more will come in.

1st year LSU Vet student, Emily Ritchart says, “I know that there are very similar symptoms. So, it’s also good to help keep hospitalization rates down, that is what I read a lot. Just like doing my part and making sure that I’m not contributing to anything or making it worse.”

Students can get their free flu shot at the following locations:

  • Monday, Oct. 12 - Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Commons (1st floor), 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 - LSU Student Union, Atchafalaya Room (Rm. 339), 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Thursday, Oct. 15 - The LSU Library (Quad), Lobby, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Click here for an interactive map of LSU’s campus.

While the shot is free for full-time students and those who have already paid the Student Health Fee, there are fees for part-time students, faculty, staff, retirees, and non-student spouses. Only cash or checks will be accepted. The fees are as follow:

  • $15 - Part-time students
  • $25 - Faculty, staff, retirees, and non-student spouses

LSU Student Health Center recommends taking these everyday preventive actions to slow the spread of respiratory illness, which includes both flu and COVID-19:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Disinfect common, shared household objects, such as your computer mouse and keyboard, telephone, television remote control, etc. with a disinfectant

If you are sick, take these precautions:

  • Get tested
  • Stay home from work and school until you are no longer contagious
  • Isolate yourself from roommates or family members as much as possible
  • Anyone who has been in direct contact with you while you are sick should contact their health care provider if they have an underlying health condition or experience symptoms

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