Free Oct. 12 Flu Clinic Seeks to Vaccinate as Many on Campus as Possible
By getting vaccinated for the flu on Wednesday, Oct. 12, you will help keep yourself healthy this winter. You will also be helping out the Syracuse University Health Center and the Onondaga County Health Department.
That day, a free flu clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Flanagan Gymnasium, open to all University students, faculty and staff members. Michele Frontale, supervising pharmacist for the Health Center, says the organizers hope to give as many as 2,000 flu shots in that four-hour period.
“The University is a point of distribution for the county,” Frontale says. “We need to see how well we would perform if there was an emergency, such as an outbreak of a rare disease or a terrorist attack using a biological weapon. The more people we can vaccinate in a short period, the better.”
Frontale adds that the clinic will be staffed by personnel from the health center and from the county health department. The flu vaccine given will be formulated to fight the most common types of flu predicted for the upcoming flu season.
The flu vaccine will be free for all who attend the clinic, but you must bring a valid SU ID. Students, faculty and staff from SUNY-ESF will not be eligible for the vaccinations.
Everyone on campus should get vaccinated for flu, Frontale says. “It promotes a healthy campus. The more students, staff and faculty are vaccinated, the more it keeps our teachers teaching and our students going to class.”