It’s almost flu season again, and BCIT health services is gearing up to start vaccinating students.
Student Health Services will start offering the shots Monday November 10th, according to Associate Director of Student Services Chris Rogerson. And it’s something he hopes students do.
“When you have the flu shot, it protects you and those around you,” he said. “There are very few people who shouldn’t get a flu shot and that’s depending if they have a medical condition.”
Rogerson says the shots are free for most students, but you can check your eligibility at immunizebc.ca. If you don’t qualify, it’s $25. Shots will be available from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at student health services in SE16 (the same building as the rec. centre). You can also check that same website for participating pharmacies around town that offer the shot, if it’s more convenient for you. Getting one at any of these locations is exactly the same procedure as getting it done at BCIT.
As long as there are stocks of the vaccine in BC, Rogerson explained, BCIT will have access to them. However, the province ran dry in early January last year, so if you are concerned about the flu it’s probably a good idea to head in and get one early.
Rogerson also says this time of year, when germs are circulating, it’s a good idea to pay extra attention to hand washing, and to stay home if you’re feeling unwell, to help curb the spread of illness to others.