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Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics a Success

September 24, 2009


MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University students took advantage of free seasonal flu shots this week on WIU's Macomb campus.

According to Carol Birch, an administrative nurse at Beu Health Center, Beu's planned three-day seasonal flu shot clinics, held in the University Union and in residence halls, were completed in two days. Due to the overwhelming response during the first two days of the clinics, the clinics scheduled for today (Thursday, Sept. 24) have been canceled.

"A total number of 1,288 students were vaccinated on Tuesday and Wednesday," Birch noted.

Birch said that 465 shots were administered at the clinic offered 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 the University Union concourse; 347 shots were administered at the clinic offered 4–7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Thompson Hall; 307 shots were administered at the clinic offered 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 the University Union concourse; and 169 shots were administered at the clinic offered 4–7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Bayliss-Henninger halls' dining room.

"Though very tired, the Beu Health Center staff assisting in the four clinics feel very successful in reaching so many students. It indicates that students are making good health-related decisions, even if they are consulting with their mothers via their cell phones while standing in line waiting to be vaccinated," Birch said.

Birch added that approximately 80 doses of seasonal flu vaccine have been held for the Quad Cities campus seasonal flu shot clinic 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. In addition, approximately 100 doses of seasonal flu vaccine have been reserved at Beu Health Center for WIU's high-risk patients who have not yet been vaccinated, she said.

Visit Beu Health Center online at beu.wiu.edu.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg, University Relations
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