Nearly 100 members of the UCF community protected themselves from the flu as they gave back to the Knights Helping Knights Food Pantry during a health clinic on Monday.

UCF Health Services administered 92 free flu shots to students and staff and faculty members who donated a non-perishable item to the pantry. The nonprofit food pantry, which was started by LEAD Scholars, collected 132 items.

Influenza season peaks in February, and the shot – which protects against both seasonal and H1N1 flu strains – is still available to students for $12 and non-students for $25.

Health Services will continue to administer flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out. The department is preparing for another health clinic this semester where free flu shots will be given.

Getting a flu shot is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent the illness and protect others from it.

Other ways to stay healthy include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; washing hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing; using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not accessible; not touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding close contact with sick people.

If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit your contact with others.

To read more about this season’s flu vaccine, see a fact sheet published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on UCF Health Services, visit https://shs.sdes.ucf.edu/ or call 407-823-2701.