Temple Fights the Flu

It’s that time of year again. 

Flu season is approaching and experts are still trying to figure out how bad it could potentially be. 

In the meantime, Temple Update has the details on how to prevent it. 

We spoke to Pediatric Nurse Practioner Susan Gresko on how important it is to get your shot.

She said, “I can’t stress that enough. Get your flu shot. It’s the best way to prevent you from getting sick from the flu.”

Gresko says the height of the season won’t come until later on in the year, which is why it’s important to get ahead of the game. 

“The recommendation is to get your flu vaccine before the end of October. It takes about two weeks to incur immunity,” Susan told Temple Update.  

Temple University is doing its part is ensuring every student and faculty member has their chance to get vaccinated. An email went out to the entire university in late September to inform us of the free flu shot clinics set up around campus. 

Each vaccine brings the Temple community one step closer to being flu-free. Temple Update asked students and faculty getting their shot, why do they do it? 

Sophomore Stephanie Zajac said, “I think it’s important to ensure you don’t get sick.”

Director of Klein College advising Brad Blitz said, “What I can do to be safe and well I’m gonna do.”

While getting your vaccine is crucial to avoid catching the flu, Nurse Gresko had a few other tips to share. 

“The number one way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases is by washing your hands. Simple soap and water,” said Susan. 

She also said to keep those germs to yourself and give your cough a cold shoulder. 

Temple is offering free flu shots through the month of October. 

Main Campus – Mitten Hall

Tuesday 10/15 – 8:00am-4:00pm

Howard Gittis Student Center

Wednesday 10/30 – 8:00am-3:00pm

Health Science Center Campus – Student Faculty Center

Thursday 10/3 8:30am-4:00pm

Thursday 10/24 8:30am-4:00pm

Ambler Campus – Visitor’s Center

Thursday 10/17 9:00am-5:30pm

Monday 10/28 9:00am-5:30pm

Center City Campus – Room 308

Monday 10/21 1:00pm-5:00pm

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