Fall flu vaccine clinics offer protection against illness

Kelsey Stirk prepares to give an influenza vaccine shot to Paul Derleth.

By Matthew Molinaro staff writer

As the fall and winter approach, all of us want to take the necessary steps to combat the effects of Influenza, and those steps are available at Fisher in the form of vaccine clinics over the next several weeks.

Kelsey Stirk prepares to give an influenza vaccine shot to Paul Derleth. (Photo by Matthew Molinaro)

 Influenza affects millions of people every year, and hundreds of thousands of more people are hospitalized.  To combat Influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly safe flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older.  

On Oct. 4, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy sponsored the first of many flu clinic events throughout the month of October.  Rebecca Kieffer, the director of the Health & Wellness Center, said that on the first day, the clinic does not know how much the volume can be.  So the clinic sets the amount to only 100 doses to test out the volume of patients.

But within an hour and fifteen minutes, all 100 doses were used up, she said.  This left around 14 students who never got their shot.

To balance this increase in demand, the second clinic Oct 8  increased its dosage limit to 200.

Kieffer stated that it is medically proven that the flu shot is effective against influenza.  Caretakers Phineas Jacques and Kelsey Stirk also mentioned the importance of flu shots.

Jacque mentioned that vaccine is free of charge, with plenty of resources around students to protect themselves and the people around them.  Stirk said that the vaccine protects people who otherwise would not be protected. Patient and student Paul Derleth also mentioned the importance of the influenza vaccine.

Dates and times of other vaccine clinics in October are listed below:

  • Oct. 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., School of Nursing Commons
  • Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – noon, School of Pharmacy Room 129
  • Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.. Wilson Formal Lounge, Haffey Hall
  • Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – noon, School of Pharmacy Room 133
  • Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., School of Pharmacy Room 129

For any questions regarding the vaccine, influenza virus, the clinic schedule or process contact the Health and Wellness Center  by phone number at 585-385-8280 or email at  healthcenter@sjfc.edu.  The center is located in the Wegmans School of Nursing Building, Suite 107.  

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention website, which offers further information about awareness of influenza, is .  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

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