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Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Posted: October 7, 2012 - 4:39pm

Flu season is fast approaching and the seasonal vaccine is now available for people who choose to get the immunization. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. For most people, symptoms last only a few days, but for those 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, including those with compromised immune systems, there is the possibility of getting much sicker for a longer period of time. By getting the flu vaccine people can protect themselves from influenza and equally as important, they can avoid spreading influenza to others.

In the spirit of community service and to promote public health, the UAA/KRC nursing students will be volunteering at Central Peninsula Hospital’s drive-through flu shot clinic from 3-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Mountain Tower parking garage at the hospital. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be free of charge.

Not everyone should get the vaccine, including those with a severe allergy to eggs. Anyone with concerns or questions about the vaccine should contact their doctor or the local health department.

The public is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to beat the flu season by getting immunized as early in the flu season as possible and is reminded that hand washing is an effective tool to reduce the spread of the virus. For more information, please contact Janet Gleason, assistant professor of nursing, at 262-0333 or e-mail jlgleason@kpc.alaska.edu.

The Kenai River Campus Student Union is organizing an open mic night! The public event will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Steffy Building and will feature special guest DJ Chris Pepper. Anyone interested in performing can sign up in the Student Union office (located across from the Freeburg Gallery in the Brockel Building). For more information, please contact the KRCSU at 262-0339.

Due to the popularity of the annual KRC Health Fair (traditionally held in February) an additional, smaller version of the health fair has been scheduled. The event will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the Brockel Lobby, McLane Commons, and room 158. The event was specifically scheduled on a Saturday in order for more people to take advantage of the low cost blood tests and health screenings.

General health education materials provided by a variety of vendors will be offered at the event and the Providence Hospital Mobile Mammogram Van is scheduled to be available. Women interested in scheduling an appointment for their annual screening mammogram must pre-register prior to Nov. 2 by calling 907-212-3151 or 888-458-3151 (toll free).

Anyone planning on getting a blood panel drawn should be fasting to ensure the most accurate results for tests including cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose (blood sugar) levels. Typically a 12-hour fast is recommended and no liquids, other than water, should be consumed. Usually people taking medications on a regular basis can do so even while fasting, but this should be cleared with their physician.

For more information, please contact Kathy Becher, KPC’s advanced nurse practitioner, at 262-0362 or e-mail kbecher@kpc.alaska.edu.

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