Flu Season is Upon Us: Protect Yourself

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12108 Park Ave S & 121st St S, Tacoma, WA 98444





Dec. 9, 2015


Susana Doll, Interim Director of the Health Center, dollsa@plu.edu, 253.535.7337

Pauline Martin, Medical Assistant, martinpb@plu.edu, 253.535.7337

Flu Season is Upon Us: Protect Yourself

Flu Shots are available now so students be sure to stop by the Health Center to get your free flu shot this season if you haven’t done so already. Influenza, the flu, is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year usually between October and May. Anyone can get the flu and it strikes suddenly and can last several days.

Interim Director of the Health Center, Susana Doll said, “Flu season really begins in the next few weeks and it is not too late to come in for a free flu shot.  If you miss it this semester come in during J-term it is not too late.”

There are many flu viruses and they are always changing. Each year a new flu vaccine is made to protect against three to four viruses that are likely to cause the diseases in the upcoming flu season. It take about two weeks for protection to develop after vaccination and protection last through the season.

Flu can also lead to getting pneumonia, blood infections and can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, the flu can make it worse. Getting the flu vaccine can protect you from the flu, make flu less severe if you do get another strain and keep you from spreading the flu to your friends and family.

Flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young people, people over 65-years-old and older, pregnant women, and people with preexisting health conditions or weakened immune systems are at greater risk. Each year thousands of people die each year from the flu and many more are hospitalized.

Flu Symptoms:

  • Fever/chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose

The Health Center is open Monday – Friday and their hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They are closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The PLU Health Center is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy campus. The Health Center offers primary healthcare services to all PLU students. The Health Center provide high-quality, confidential, and no charge-medical care right here on campus. The wide range of services include management of acute illnesses and injuries like colds, sore throat, or muscle injuries. The Health Center also evaluate and manage chronic illnesses like asthma and high blood pressure.





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