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Student Health Services Hosts Flu Shot Clinics For Campus Oct. 2 & 4

Published: September 17, 2012

CSULB Student Health Services will host two flu shot clinics open to students, faculty and staff from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the University Student Union Ballrooms.

An injection costs $15, payable by cash, check or credit card, and is available on a first-come basis.

According to Dr. Michael Carbuto, director of Student Health Services, flu and colds are the major reason for student and employee absenteeism.

Moreover, he explained facts about the shots to alleviate some common misperceptions:

• The shots do not give you the flu; however, it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. Additionally, vaccines are based on recent and predicted flu strains and may not cover every new strain that appears.

• All vaccines regardless of type can cause arm pain and possibly a brief low-grade fever, but the majority of recipients do not have any side effects.
• Getting the flu can have serious health implications for some people, especially those with chronic medical conditions or whose immune systems are compromised such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, employees use up sick days and students miss class while they recover.

For more information, visit the Student Health Services website or call the Health Resource Center at 562/985-4609.