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Drive-up flu shots were available at the Colonial Life Arena parking lot.
Drive-up flu shots were available at the Colonial Life Arena parking lot.

University becomes 'drive-in' force in flu preparation

At Carolina, beautiful fall weather means students reading on blankets and throwing Frisbees at the Horseshoe. This year, it also means students, joining faculty and staff, in getting flu shots at one of the university’s many outdoor flu clinics.

On Oct. 1, the university’s Thomson Student Health Center launched its latest outdoor flu clinic – a drive-through clinic to administer seasonal flu shots – in the parking lot across from the Colonial Life Arena. University health officials gave flu shots at the location from noon – 7 p.m.

“The outdoor flu clinics have been very successful,” said Dr. Deborah Beck, executive director of the Thomson Student Health Center. “We’ve administered 200 to 450 shots at each one we’ve held.”

Beck said the university decided to hold the outdoor clinics to raise awareness of seasonal and H1N1 flu, to make getting flu shots more convenient and to reduce the spread of flu by not crowding an indoor space.

Beck said 3,500 of the university’s 5,000 seasonal flu vaccines have been administered. She said staff members hoped to give upwards of 600 vaccines at today’s drive-through clinic. She said because campus participation in the flu vaccine clinics has been so positive, the university ordered an additional 1,500 seasonal flu vaccines, which are expected to arrive soon.

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