Texas A&M: SHS Expands Flu Vaccine Supply Ahead Of Thanksgiving

Student Health Services at Texas A&M University is reminding Aggies that not every fever, cough or runny nose is a potential sign of COVID-19 this year. The seasonal flu has been confirmed in the campus community, and Aggies are urged to get a flu vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost before Thanksgiving break.

SHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tiffany Skaggs said about 100 extra appointment slots have been added each day before the break to accommodate for an increased supply of available flu vaccines. Ten flu cases have been confirmed on campus, she said, and vaccinations will be key to preventing more people from becoming sick.

“Be proactive to prevent the flu, which still kills thousands of Americans each year in a normal flu season,” Skaggs said. “Even if you get a mild case of the flu, you’re going to be out for a week, at least, not feeling well.”

Students can schedule an appointment to receive a flu shot on the Patient Portal. Additional information about flu symptoms and prevention is available on the Student Health Services website.

Skaggs said Student Health Services has so far vaccinated 2,000 Aggies this flu season as of Friday.

“If sick, students can also come and get tested, because we have antivirals if you do have the flu,” Skaggs said. “If you start treatment early enough it cuts down the time that you’re ill, but the best thing is to prevent it through vaccination.”

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