The flu season is rapidly approaching and university health professionals are beginning their preparation to handle the large number of vaccinations and cases they receive each year. Last year, Boynton Health administered about 20,000 flu shots, up from 17,500 the year before. 

“Each flu season always seems to be a little bit of a surprise,” said Dr. Susan Kline in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.

The flu vaccine has been shown in recent studies to be between 40 and 60 percent effective. Though, those numbers don't tell the entire story. Even those who get the flu shot and still get sick tend to have a much more mild case.

“People need to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Dr. Mark Schleiss told the Minnesota Daily. “Vaccines work – they prevent disease and most importantly, they prevent death.”

For more information on how you can get vaccinated, visit Boyton's Flu Clinic website.