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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a flu vaccine is the best flu preventative.

By Daniel Carde

 

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

CVS is offering flu shots to students and staff from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 2 in Room 218 of the nursing complex.

Employees with HealthSelect or Community First health insurance plans provided by Alamo Colleges will not have to pay for the shots.

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare and all United Healthcare insurance plans also will be accepted, Sonja Rogers, wellness coordinator for Alamo Colleges, said.

Those without an accepted health insurance plan can pay the $31.99 fee by check, she said. Cash, credit and debit cards will not be accepted.

The flu is a respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It can also cause death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, getting an annual flu vaccine before flu seasons begins is the best way to avoid getting the flu.

The CDC cannot predict the severity or the exact start of the upcoming flu season, so they recommend getting a flu vaccine before the season begins, according to the CDC’s website. The body needs about two weeks to create enough antibodies for the vaccine to work.

Flu season lasts from October to May in the U.S.

“We want to decrease the amount of folks who cannot attend class or be at work because they got the flu,” Rogers said

For more information and dates on flu at other district locations, visit https://www.facebook.com/alamowell or call Rogers at 210-485-0191.

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