Fall is here, and with it comes, thoughts of pumpkin lattes, changing leaves and, for Allied Health students and others in the healthcare industry, flu epidemics. Last year America saw the worst influenza epidemic it’s had in the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 26 times more flu cases were reported during October, November and December than during the same time the year prior. The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology would like to encourage Allied Health program students and students in other disciplines to consider protecting themselves against this year’s flu virus by getting vaccinated now, before flu season hits in full force.
Contracting the flu means around a week in bed while your body fights the virus. While you might feel like pushing through, most people with genuine influenza cases are too weak to attend classes. On top of that, you need to stay confined to your home to avoid spreading the flu to your classmates and faculty. Allied Health students and students in other rigorous disciplines do not have time to be sick in bed for a week or more. You can protect yourself from this with one simple vaccination.
If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, you’ll find that it’s easier than ever to do so by coming to school. Flu shots will be available to P.I.T. students for $23 in the following locations and on these dates:
- in MEDIA on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Room 308.
- in CENTER CITY on Tuesday, November 5 from 12:30 to 6:30 pm in the Café.
The DEADLINE for interested P.I.T. students to email your name and campus (Media or Center City) is no later than Friday, October 11. Send your email to:
P.I.T. students must provide your payment ($23), in cash, when you come for the vaccination.
You can also make a simple trip to your local pharmacy (or even a grocery store with a pharmacy). The American Pharmacists Association indicates that the number of pharmacy students and pharmacists getting trained to deliver vaccines has quadrupled in the past six years. That means you can likely walk to your nearest pharmacy location to have your shot, so you can save the cost of a doctor’s visit. For just a few dollars, you can purchase protection that will last through the entire 2013-2014 flu season. If you have private insurance that covers the flu shot, the pharmacy can even bill your insurance provider for the vaccine.
Interestingly, the majority of people are still going to their regular doctor to get a flu shot. In a recent survey asking people “Where do you get your flu shot?” 41.9 percent responded that it comes from their doctor, with only 19.8 percent indicating they went to their retail pharmacy. Further education about the availability of the flu shot at local pharmacies is needed to help increase these numbers.
In Media, you have several locations you can choose to get your flu shot. While you can always visit a local physician, that can be costly and time consuming. Instead, consider visiting the local CVS, Rite Aid, Sav-On, or Walgreens Pharmacy for a flu shot, without an appointment and for an affordable price. Simply walk in, get your shot and leave, without hassle.
This year’s flu season could be even worse than last year’s, and protection is not difficult. Why are you ignoring your own health? If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s time to be proactive to prevent succumbing to the flu.