As cold and flu season approaches, Barnes Center at The Arch Health Care will be offering free Flu Clinics on the first floor. The goal of the Flu Clinics is to assist the Syracuse University community in preventing the flu and the severity of its symptoms this winter. In addition to flu shots, the clinic provides flu kits and educational resources to ensure attendees are well prepared when flu season arrives.
- Oct. 23, 1-3 p.m.
- Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
While there are often common misconceptions that dissuade many from receiving flu shots, Dr. Karen Nardella, medical director at the Barnes Center at The Arch, promotes the vaccine. “The flu shot lowers the risk of contracting the flu. It is not 100 percent preventable, but if you do contract the flu, symptoms are usually less severe than if you had not had the vaccine.”
The temporality of flu shots is also important as they can take time to become fully effective. Dr. Nardella noted, “Flu season typically runs from Oct. to May, with most cases from late Dec. to early March. Getting vaccinated before flu season is in full force, ideally by the end of Oct., gives the body a chance to develop antibodies to protect against the flu virus. It takes two weeks for the flu shot to start being protective. There are reports that this year may have an early flu season so it would be best to get your flu shot soon.”
Services offered during the flu clinic will be free to anyone with an active SU I.D. Students and staff who are unable to attend the flu clinic will have several opportunities throughout the semester to receive shots at subsequent clinics on campus.
In addition to flu shots, Dr. Nardella also suggests the following practices to prevent the spread of the flu:
- Avoid large crowds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Try not to touch contaminated surfaces.
- Wash your hands frequently.
For more information about the upcoming Flu Clinic or flu prevention methods, contact the Barnes Center at The Arch by email at BarnesCenter@syr.edu or by calling 315.443.8000.
Story by Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience communications intern Abigail J. Covington ’19, G ’20.