Flu shot clinics on campus go under-utilized


Evangelina Garcia, a hired nurse for the Health Center at Auraria, gives MSU Denver student James Sherrick a flu shot. Photos by Madison Lauterbach | mlauter1@msudenver.edu

On Sept. 26, and continuing through Oct. 5, the Health Center is holding a free flu shot clinic open to all MSU Denver students with a valid student ID.

The clinic is rarely taken advantage of because students often prefer to go to their primary care physician or pharmacy or skip the shot altogether.

Julie Wagner, a physician for the Health Center and the organizer of the clinic, said that there will be 1,300 vaccines available for all of the Auraria students who visit.

The vaccines will have to last for the entire five day clinic, but running out of vaccines hasn’t been a problem in the past.

“We plan for about 250-300 vaccines per day,” Wagner said.

At the time of the interview, only around 200 students had received their flu shots that day.

Wagner, who has been working for the Health Center for the past 28 years, said that the clinic has been available every year since.

“I don’t know why more people don’t take advantage of this,” Wagner said. “It’s here, it’s free and it’s convenient.”

The Health Center treated about 100 students with flu-like symptoms this semester according to Cindy Ortiz, the office manager for the Health Center.

Wagner said, the Health Center wants to keep people healthy and to prevent the spread of disease. Staying healthy was motivation for MSU student Mosiur Munna.

“I don’t want to get sick,” Munna said.

This was the second or third time that he received a flu shot, and that it had been a couple of years since his last one.

MSU student James Sherrick, also received a flu shot.

“I work at a hospital so it’s required,” Sherrick said.

Sherrick couldn’t receive the flu shot at the hospital where he works because he’s only there on weekends when the hospital is closed. Sherrick and Munna both wanted to remain healthy during the flu season. Both students heard about the clinic through word-of-mouth.

The Health Center has clinics scheduled through Oct. 5. Times and locations are available on the Health Center’s website. The flu shots will still be available after the clinics have closed through the Health Center throughout the flu season.

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