The flu epidemic is at its high this time of year, and with Texas being one the states with the most cases, Texas State of course was no exception. Students of Texas State have an on campus health center, in which they could just walk in, set up an appointment, and receive a flu shot if they felt any preview of the sickness. Director of the Student Health Center, Emilio Carranco, spoke on the specifics in Texas State flu cases, and where community members outside of Texas State can also get vaccinated.
“What I can tell you is that since we came back from winter break and opened our doors from January 2nd to through January 23rd, we have diagnosed 50 cases of probable flu, and 21 cases of positive flu. And we’re seeing both Type A and Type B flu strengths. I think they’re trying to make flu vaccinations more accessible, so aside from the student health Center, you should be able to find a flu vaccine at a pharmacy.”
- Emilio Carranco
Despite the effectiveness of the vaccination, there’s still doubts among others about how effective it really is and speculations on if it actually contributes to the sickness, rather than help treat it. Carranco has suggestions for those who oppose taking those shots.
“You need to follow really good personal measures such as making sure you are not around people who are sick, if you know someone who’s got the flu you need to stay away from them because its a highly contagious disease. You need to wash your hand frequently. Maintaining good health by sleeping well making sure you get a good 8 to 9 hours of sleep. Making sure that you have a good nutrition, a nice balanced diet, will help you, multivitamins as well.”
- Emilio Carranco
To schedule a flu vaccine you can visit the front desk of the Health Center or call the them at 512-245-2161 where the cost is $15.
TheresaChristine Etim, KTSW News.