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MU students receive vaccines at shot clinic

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 12:14 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University hosted a flu shot clinic last week and vaccinated hundreds of students.

The clinic kicked off Monday, Oct. 8, in the Harless Dining Hall, before two all day sessions Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, in the Memorial Student center.

Throughout the week hundreds of students received shots.

"We used university communications to spread the word for the most part," said Carla Lapelle, associate dean of Student Affairs. "We had several offices help us get the word out. We let all of our Uni 100 instructors and peer mentors know. Our Parent Program Office also let parents know about the clinic.We also informed the residence halls and the student health staff."

The event also provided experience for nursing students.

"We are extremely fortunate to have the support and partnership of our Student Nurses Association through the College of Health Professions," Lapelle said. "The nursing faculty provides the student nurses and the students with experience to give the vaccine. They are a huge part of the planning. They develop their own working schedule so they know who is going to be here doing what. We had ordered 1,000 doses of vaccine. We administered just under 800 doses. The remaining vaccine will go straight to student health which will use it until it's gone."

Students are encouraged to get a flu shot each year.

"A flu shot really only protects you for about six months," Lapelle said. "The time that you get it is important because you want it to protect you through the whole flu season. We offer them in October because we want the students to be covered through March. Each year's flu shot covers different strains of the disease.

"Flu vaccine is now offered in a variety of different mediums," Lapelle added. "If you have had an adverse reaction to a flu shot in the past you should consult a doctor before getting a vaccine. All our vaccinations were shots with the inactive influenza vaccine. There is no way you can get the flu from these shots, but they take about two weeks to fully kick in. We want students to get vaccinated because the flu can knock you out for three or more days. Missing that many days of class can make it very difficult to catch up."

To help catching and prevent the spread of the flu students are advised to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently because the virus can be transmitted from a variety of surfaces. Students who feel any side effects beyond a little stiffness around the shot are advised to contact their doctor.

For more information on the flu vaccine and preventing the spread of the flu, contact www.cdc.gov/flu. Students can also reach Student Health Services at 304-691-1100.

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