Classes for Fresno State’s spring 2014 semester begin Thursday, Jan. 16, with a projected enrollment of 20,833 and students are advised to take precautions during the current flu outbreak.

To help combat the flu, Fresno State’s Student Health Center purchased 2,000 doses of vaccine for this season and to date has immunized about 1,750 people. The flu vaccine will be available to enrolled students for free until the supply is exhausted, said Dirk Ruthrauff, interim director of University Health and Psychological Services.

The health center waged an extensive campaign in the fall semester, partnering with the Department of Nursing to provide free vaccinations to 850 students at flu shot clinics on campus.

Also, during National Influenza Vaccination Week in December, all patients entering the Student Health Center for care were offered a flu shot. Posters in each area of the building promote the importance of getting immunized.

Ruthrauff said there has not been an increase in students requesting services with influenza-like symptoms but the staff will be ready when classes resume Thursday.

The Spring Welcome Back bash from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 22, on the University Student Union balcony and Free Speech Area will feature a clubs and organizations fair and entertainment.

The University Student Union Recreation Center Open House from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, will feature free bowling, billiards, Xbox gaming and free prize drawings for students. They can also sign up for a “Paw Pass” for additional discounts. The center is on the lower level of the USU building.

For more information about flu shots, students can call 559.278.2734 or visit the Student Health Center.

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