As the flu season approaches, George Brown College (GBC) will be hosting its annual flu shot clinic from Nov. 12 to 16 at each of its four campuses.
This is an opportunity for students to access the necessary immunization to fight off flu viruses.
According to Suzette Martinuzzi, the organizer of this year’s clinic, this annual initiative allows students, especially those who require a flu shot for their program, to have the convenience of being vaccinated on campus.
Additionally, if you are an international student, or are not covered under OHIP, getting your shot done at the on-campus clinic is free, convenient and does not require a valid health card.
Why is it important to get vaccinated? Statistics Canada reported that flu causes about 3,500 deaths and 12,200 hospitalizations in Canada each year.
Ontario, in particular, is already experiencing higher activity than normal, yet only twenty per cent of young adults across the country are getting vaccinated.
While catching the flu may not be as serious for a healthy, able-bodied young adult, for the elderly man or woman sitting beside you on public transit, it could be life threatening.
The on-campus free flu shot clinic will operate as follows:
- Waterfront Campus: Monday Nov. 12 and Tuesday Nov. 13 from 9 am to 3 pm in the main lobby.
- St. James Campus: Wednesday Nov. 14 from 9 am to 3 pm in SJA (main building)
- Ryerson Campus: Thursday Nov. 15 from 10 am to 2 pm on the fifth floor
- Casa Loma Campus: Friday Nov. 16 from 9 am to 3 pm in Building E, main lobby.