Students receive discount flu, vitamin shots

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Addiction counseling sophomore Jimmy Barrett is injected with Vitamin C by Shenade Acosta of Kaiser Medical Management Tuesday in Room 150 of Loftin. Barrett is surprised by the pain of a quick puncture. Kaiser Medical Management offers vitamin and flu shots once a month on campus.  Juliana Huff

Addiction counseling sophomore Jimmy Barrett is injected with Vitamin C by Shenade Acosta of Kaiser Medical
Management Tuesday in Room 150 of Loftin. Barrett is surprised by the pain of a quick puncture. Kaiser Medical
Management offers vitamin and flu shots once a month on campus. Juliana Huff

The benefits outweigh the fear of an injection, medical assistant says.

By Katherine Garcia

kgarcia203@student.alamo.edu

For some people, getting a shot is their worst nightmare.

Students were offered Vitamin B-12 shots for $10, Vitamin C shots for $15, B-complex shots for $25 and flu shots for $15 Tuesday in Room 150 of Loftin Student Center.

Kaiser Medical Management, who offered the shots at a discount, offers the cheapest shots in town, said Shenade Acosta, Kaiser medical assistant.

Despite this, some still fear getting their shots.

“It’s a little needle, but some people are scared of needles,” Acosta said.

The benefits of the shots outweigh the fear of getting them.

Acosta said Vitamin C boosts your immune system and acts as an anti-depressant.

Nereida Vega, education support specialist for the health promotions office, explained that Vitamin B and B-complex are important because they are not commonly found in a student’s diet.

Vitamin B and B-complex were the shots students and faculty requested the most.

B vitamins also aid in heart health and cancer prevention.

“When you get the injection, it goes straight to your bloodstream, so you get more of the benefits,” Vega said.

The benefits of the vitamins last for a month, while the flu shot lasts for a year, she said. Vega said this year’s flu season is lasting longer than last year’s.

“When you receive a flu vaccine, it helps you both protect against the flu and protect those not immune to it,” Vega said.

She said the turnout of 13 people was better than expected, adding that she hopes to offer shots to students next month as well.

One flu shot was administered, and the rest were vitamin B or B-complex.

For more information, call 210-486-0157.

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