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Sept. 15, 2023

Wellness Services offers resources to prevent illness, flu shots

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Northwest Missouri State University is reminding students and employees that fall is a time of year when viral infections are present, and Wellness Services offers ways to help prevent illness.

While the Northwest community may be experiencing symptoms of the common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or another viral infection, Wellness Services notes that viral infections can impact individuals with a variety of symptoms. Common symptoms include fatigue, a sore throat, headaches, nausea and diarrhea. 

Anyone presenting a positive COVID-19 test or symptoms should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and the instructions of a healthcare provider.

Ways to help prevent illness include washing your hands frequently, boosting your immune system by eating healthy foods, getting seven to nine hours of sleep nightly and exercising daily for 30 minutes.

The CDC also recommends getting a flu shot, and Wellness Services is hosting a series of clinics at the J.W. Jones Student Union in October.

  • Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Student Union Ballroom, in conjunction with the Wellness Fair
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Student Union Meeting Room A
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Student Union Meeting Room A

Northwest Wellness Services does not offer COVID-19 vaccinations at this time and encourages students and employees to seek the vaccine through their local healthcare provider. Click here for updated CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a flu vaccination, contact Wellness Services at 660.562.1348 or visit


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215