NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An annual tradition continues at Vanderbilt University Wednesday as the school works to prevent the spread of flu.
There’s already been one flu-related death this year – a four year old in California.
This is the 9th year for Vanderbilt hosting Flulapalooza.
Last year, more than 13,000 flu vaccinations were given.
It’s open to faculty, staff, students, and volunteers at the hospital and the university.
“It’s especially important for me because there are so many undergrads from all over the place and they travel so much so I want to be protected if they bring back anything to campus,” said student Addison Glover.
Officials say the vaccine is one of the most important preventative measures.
“The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. There are a few reasons why it might seem like that’s the case. Number one – there are some side effects that you might get from the flu like muscle aches, low grade fever that some people might misinterpret as the flu, but it’s a response that your immune system is doing what it needs to do to start developing that protection,” said Dr. Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Occupational Health Clinic Director. “Even if you do get the flu despite getting the vaccine, if you have the vaccine that decreases the likelihood that you’ll have a severe case of the flu or that you’ll have complications from the flu.”
And Flulapalooza gives the Vanderbilt community easy access to getting their annual flu shot.
The event will be held from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in a tent between Light Hall and the Veterans Administration hospital.
Flu season can start as early as October so the CDC recommends everyone at least 6 months and older get vaccinated to protect themselves and those around them.