As the whirlwind of a new semester sets in, Campus Health Services wants students to add one more thing to their to-do lists — get a flu shot.
Dr. Mary Covington, executive director for Campus Health Services, said students are not doing enough to ensure they are vaccinated for the flu. She said Campus Health has seen an extraordinary number of cases, consistent with the large-scale national flu outbreak.
“We’re seeing a larger demand, but I don’t think we have an adequate number of our students vaccinated,” Covington said. “The number of influenza-like visits at both the UNC emergency department and at Campus Health has been higher than usual for this time of year.”
GET A FLU SHOT
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Location: Michael Hooker Research Center on Tuesday, Student Union West Lounge on Wednesday and Thursday
BY THE NUMBERS
flu deaths in N.C. this season
flu shots given by Campus Health this season
flu shots given by Campus Health last year by Feb. 2
Campus Health has given 2,250 flu shots as of today, up from 1,600 given last year by Feb. 2.
She said the University has requested additional flu shots from the state to meet increased demand.