Seasonal flu shots have become available for UA affiliates, and Campus Health Service has launched a campaign this week to make the shots easily accessible on campus.
This week, the shots — which are not for H1N1 or ‘swine' flu — will be available throughout the day at a number of ""walk-up clinic"" locations across campus.
This is the first year the shots have been offered throughout campus, said nursing supervisor Shari Overland, adding that previous years' campaigns had focused on dorms and Greek buildings and had seen a low turnout.
No appointment is needed for a shot and prospective recipients only need to bring a CatCard. University employees who bring their insurance cards and ID numbers can receive the shots free of charge. Otherwise, the shots are $15 each.
After only one day, Overland said, the campaign has been ""a huge success.""
Overland said that on Monday over 400 flu shots were given to students and faculty. Recipients are immunized within two weeks.
""It's more cost effective (to give shots out) at the beginning,"" she said. ""If we treat them (people on campus) early, then we don't have to see them in the clinic later.""
Shots for H1N1 will become available in early November.
BOX: Flu shot walk-up clinic locations this week:
o 12-3 p.m. | Arizona Health Sciences Center, Campus Health Service
clinic (this clinic is intended for medicine, nursing, pharmacy
and public health students)
o 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | UA Mall, in front of the Student Union Memorial Center
o 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. | West side of Old Main
o 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Integrated Learning Center
o 2-4:15 p.m. | Biological Sciences East