Creighton is hosting its annual Shoo the Flu event at various locations on campus, including the Skutt Student Center, the Old Gym and the CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy through Oct. 16.
The Assistant Director for Immunizations and Compliance Jenni Bragg is overseeing the Shoo the Flu initiative.
“The idea behind the Shoo the Flu is [to] provide a community health event that is staffed by students to provide for our students and faculty to keep our community safe,” Bragg said.
Bragg said the flu shots are administered by EMS, pharmacy and nursing students with faculty oversight.
Chris Pritza, a junior in the College of Nursing, is one of the EMS students administering flu shots. Pritza said that he was trained to administer the flu shots by practicing on mannequins and other paramedic students with a saline solution.
“I think it’s a super cool opportunity because we get to show our presence on campus as well as show that students really care about these flu shots,” Pritza said.
This year, all students, staff and faculty are required to get a flu vaccination by Nov. 1.
“Having that convenience on campus where it takes maybe 10 minutes to get your flu shot makes it a lot more accessible for people and much lower of a time commitment," said Rachel Miyazaki, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Bragg stressed the importance of getting a flu shot while the COVID-19 pandemic is going on.
“We know this flu season is going to be a crazy one, and whatever little steps you can take to protect yourself and your community is going to have a big effect over the entire campus,” Pritza said.
“Get your flu shot, be healthy and keep everyone else healthy, too,” said Miyazaki, who gets a flu shot every year.
“This year we have more than doubled the amount of vaccines on campus for the community. We also extended the hours to make sure that social distancing is attainable,” Bragg said.
Pritza said that COVID-19 has not changed much about the Shoo the Flu event.
“There’s not a ton of changes because it’s a very sterile procedure that we’re doing,” Pritza said. He said people must social distance and those administering the shots wear masks and gloves and use antibacterial wipes to clean the stations after each use.