By Anthony Cerullo
The GPC Student Health Center is holding a Flu Clinic this month for faculty and students only. The clinic will operate on Oct. 11, 18, and 25, from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Student Health Center is located in Building H, room 1210, on the Clarkston campus and vaccinations are free to campus students, $10 for online students and faculty.
It is important to get a new flu vaccination every year, because the virus is always changing. “You have to understand, with any virus, they’re really smart,” said Tawanda Smith, registered nurse at the Student Health Center. “They know how to adapt, overcome and grow stronger so they won’t die. That’s the main goal of any species — to survive. So with a virus, it’s smart enough to adapt, change its DNA and survive.”
A flu vaccination is comprised of a dead flu virus which helps your body build antibodies against the new strand. When you come up against the new virus, your body already knows how to fight it.
“I’ve had the flu shot before, but I missed it last year and I got sick,” said Ashley Wise, nursing student on GPC’s Clarkston campus. “It’s important to make sure you’re healthy throughout the winter months, so I think it’s important you get it.”