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Health Center Officials Urge Campus Community to Obtain Flu Shots

With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting increases in flu activity in many states, officials at the University of Central Missouri Health Center (UHC) are urging all UCM faculty, staff and students to obtain flu shots now, if they have not already done so.

Dr. Gerianne Bliss, physician and director of the UHC, said a limited number of vaccinations are currently available at the University Health Center, located at the corner of Clark Street and College Avenue. Individuals can obtain them from their private practitioner, or from some local pharmacies.

Dr. Bliss noted common flu symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, and body aches. She strongly encourages anyone who is experiencing such symptoms to "stay home from work or classes and self-isolate to help prevent spreading the flu."

She also stressed, "Influenza affects people of all ages, including young people who have never been vaccinated and have no immunity to the flu. Therefore, it is especially important for many college students to obtain a flu shot."

According to the CDC, a flu vaccine is "the first and the best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications." Learn more about flu prevention, including good health habits to help prevent you from getting or spreading the flu, by visiting cdc.gov/flu/.

Anyone who has questions about the flu or the availability of vaccine at the University Health Center can email Dr. Bliss at bliss@ucmo.edu.

For more information:
Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Contact Jeff Murphy at jmurphy@ucmo.edu or call 4640