Over 100 Wayne State University (WSU) students came together on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 to get vaccinated against the flu at the #StopTheFluWSU Kickoff, held at the Gullen Mall Fountain/Flagpoles from 10am-2pm.
“The #StopTheFluWSU campaign is a wonderful opportunity for Wayne State students to get vaccinated against the flu at no out-of-pocket cost,” said Provost Whitfield. “Staying healthy means that students will be able to attend classes, stay focused on their school work, and be actively involved in campus life, which is key to student success. Healthy Warriors make great Warriors.”
The Campus Health Center (CHC) collaborated with the College of Nursing to have Bachelor of Science in Nursing students administer the flu vaccine.
“Administering these flu vaccines to help protect Wayne State students, staff, and faculty is just one way our nursing students impact urban health–both on campus and in the community at-large,” said Dean Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo.
College-aged people (18-24 years) have the lowest flu vaccination rate among any other age group in Michigan. In the 2016/2017 flu season, only 13% of college-aged people were vaccinated against the flu in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Detroit has one of the lowest flu vaccination rates in Michigan with only 6.2% of 18-24-year-olds being vaccinated against the flu.
To bring awareness of the low vaccination rates and attempt to increase flu vaccination on campus, The Campus Health Center launched the #StopTheFluWSU campaign. WSU students post a photo on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter with the hashtag #StopTheFluWSU to enter to win gift cards. The aim is that friends of the student posting will see the photo and the hashtag, and they will be encouraged to get the flu shot.
“The #StopTheFluWSU campaign is our way to try to reach WSU students and inspire them, through their peers, to get vaccinated against the flu,” said Ann Clifton, the Chief Nursing Officer at CHC. “We want to increase our flu vaccination rates on our campus to keep students healthy so that they can be successful both academically and personally.”
The Campus Health Center offers flu shots at no out-of-pocket cost to WSU students. Insurance will be billed, if the student has it, but no student will be expected to pay anything out-of-pocket. Students can walk in to CHC on Mondays from 10am-3pm, Oct 2 – Dec 11, 2017 to receive the flu shot.
To help Wayne State win the National College Flu Vaccination Challenge, anyone who has received the flu shot, whether alumni, community members, faculty/staff, or students, can take this 20-second, 5 question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fluchallenge