With flu season beginning and many people coming down with the flu, people are hesitant to get the flu shot due to their personal beliefs about the flu shot.

Last year, East Carolina University employee and volunteer firefighter Dawn Harrison passed away from the flu in January 2018. In September, four North Carolina State University students had already been diagnosed with the flu.

With the deaths of members of the ECU community in previous years and students at other universities in North Carolina suffering from the flu, it is important that the ECU community takes preventative measures to prevent the spread of flu on campus.

The flu vaccine is life saving preventative measure that saves the lives of children and many others. Other benefits from the vaccine include reducing the severity of illness in those who get vaccinated but still get sick. The vaccine also prevents flu-related hospitalization of children, working-age adults and older adults.

Staff members of The East Carolinian have lost friends and family members due to the flu. While many believe the flu shot may not prevent the flu, it prevents the severity of the flu. We have felt the impacts of losing loved ones to the flu and we don’t want that for anyone else.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe that flu prevention is important and encourage the ECU community to get a flu shot.

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