H&W says ‘Boo’ to the Flu

From staff reports

With flu season just around the corner, WSU Health & Wellness is “Saying Boo to the Flu,” offering flu vaccines to WSU students, staff and faculty as well as the Pullman community.

Health & Wellness communications coordinator, Kristen Maki, said it is offering flu shots every Friday until Nov. 13, and that people need only bring their insurance card.

“We want to make it easy as possible for people to get vaccinated,” Maki said.

Maki said the people administering the shots will be mostly nursing staff. Those wanting a shot should go to the ground floor of the Washington building on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Maki said the out-of-pocket cost of a flu shot is $30, but most insurances cover them. If anybody is curious about their coverage, they can contact billing and insurance services at Health & Wellness.

Health education administrator Marsha Turnbull said the vaccine Health & Wellness is offering protects people from at least three strains of the flu virus, including the swine flu virus. Turnbull said the vaccination will not be offered to people that are pregnant or to people under the age of 18. Flu season lasts from Oct. to May with the peak months being December through February, Turnbull said.

Besides the vaccine, good health habits can help in preventing getting sick, she said.

“One of the best things to do other than getting the flu vaccine is good hand washing and keeping hands way from the face,” Turnbull said.