The Humber community had the chance to get their flu shots on campus this week.
The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre (SWAC) held flu vaccine clinics for Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber faculty and students who are learning and teaching on campus, as well as students who live in residence.
The clinics took place on Nov. 15 at Lakeshore campus, and Nov. 16 and 17 at North.
Trisania Riley, a Humber nursing student who worked at the clinic, said more than 200 people came in for shots during the two days the clinic was open at North campus.
“A lot of people seem to be getting [the flu shot] more than normal this year,” she said. “No one wants to be sick at this time, because if you have a cold they assume you know, COVID, and you can’t go to school and work.”
Everyone is recommended to get the flu vaccine. They are safe and protect against three strains of the flu virus. They are free to anyone over the age of six months in Ontario.
“The vaccines are made from deactivated flu particles to help your immune system prevent flu, but cannot give you the flu,” said the SWAC flu vaccine release.
Influenza is a virus that spreads by droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. Kids and adults can spread the infection before they show any symptoms. Young children, seniors and those with a weak immune system are more likely to get very sick.
“Protect yourself and the ones around you. If you get sick, stay home. Don’t go to work school and spread it,” Riley said.
Though the clinics ended Thursday, appointments are still available for the coming week while supplies last.