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The fall and winter seasons are the peak season for the flu, and Tech’s Health and Wellness Center offers vaccination clinics for the campus community.
The Health and Wellness Center offered its first clinic on Oct. 4, and a second clinic is scheduled for Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shots will be given along the corridor inside Tucker Coliseum.
Influenza presents with fever, headache, muscle pain, and general discomfort, with body temperatures up to 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit. The flu has an incubation period of about seven days.
COVID-19 affects the lungs and respiratory tract and has an incubation period of about 14 days. Symptoms are similar to those of influenza, with the addition of loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Asymptomatic infections are detected only in the respiratory tract and do not show symptoms.
“You can get flu even if you have flu shots, but usually the symptoms are not as bad when you get a flu shot,” Heather Stout, a registered nurse from the Health and Wellness Center, said.
“Go protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer,” she said, adding that wearing a mask is also helpful in preventing the spread of the flu.
More information on flu prevention and symptoms is available at https://www.atu.edu/hwc/fightingflu.php. Students also can make an appointment online or call 479-968-0329 for a flu assessment at the Health and Wellness Center.