by Shawna Graves, Office of Public Relations

Flu season is on the horizon, and the Center for Disease Control recommends individuals receive a flu vaccination before the end of October. Fortunately, Texas Department of State Health

Services is here to help and will offer flu shots on Sul Ross campus October 15.

The free service is available to anyone who does not have insurance to cover flu shots and is open to community members in addition to students. The clinic will be held in the Lobo Village

Community Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is hosted by Student Government Association members. Walk-ins are welcome.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that can result in hospitalization and death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

This season’s flu shot is recommended for everyone age six months or older, but those with an allergy to eggs or vaccine ingredients should consult a doctor first.

Other preventative actions to avoid the spread of flu include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when you are sick, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and washing your hands often.