Flu shots offered on campus

Student Health Services is providing flu vaccine shots for students, faculty and staff at annual clinics around campus.

The $25 shots will be offered at the Ames Pub on the Mount Vernon campus today from 12 to 2 p.m. or at Student Health Services Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. The clinics began last week and will conclude this week.

“It’s been a very safe vaccine,” said Susan Haney, outreach coordinator for Student Health Services. “Everybody who is healthy will benefit from this immunization.”

Haney said the purpose of the flu shot clinics is to make the vaccine available to as many GW community members as possible. She added that her office normally sees more faculty and staff utilize the clinics than students, but that students can also come to Student Health Services to get the vaccine until supplies run out.

“This year there has been a lot of vaccine, but it has been poorly distributed,” Haney said, referring to the vaccine supplies nationwide.

SHS experienced a shortage of the vaccine at one of the clinics last Wednesday in the Marvin Center. Doses of the injection ran out two hours before the scheduled end of the clinic.

A new shipment arrived the next day and organizers said the arrival of additional vaccines ensures that supplies last at least through the end of the scheduled clinics, Haney said.

“We pay different amounts for each shipment of the vaccine, (and) sometimes we don’t cover the costs,” Haney said, citing space rental and staff salary as associated costs.

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