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Young adults urged to get flu vaccine

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Cynthia Valles has never gotten a flu shot.

"I don't like medicine or any needles," she said.

She said she's gotten the flu three times this year.

"I've actually been really sick this semester, so I probably should've gotten one," she said.

Cynthia's not alone. The University Health Center said only one out of 24 students got vaccinated at UNL.

"We're trying to increase that since the CDC advisory came out earlier this month saying there's widespread influenza and that the young and young adults were being especially, severely, affected," Dr. James Guest said.

Though Dr. Guest said he isn't sure exactly why that is, it's still important for students to be prepared and to ignore the medical myths associated with the vaccine.

"If you'll get the flu shot, you'll get the flu, not true. It is the only and it is the best protection that you have," he said.

Since classes began, 250 students with flu-like symptoms have come through the health center, but only one tested positive for the bug.

"They'll be bringing it back, they'll be sharing it and we do anticipate seeing quite a bit of flu this season," Dr. Guest said.

Which is something Cynthia said she's keeping in mind.

"You'd think I would've learned and gone to get it, but I didn't," she said.

 You still have time to get vaccinated. Sometimes the height of the flu season doesn't hit until February. If you're a UNL student, the health center offers opportunities Fridays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to get your shot.

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