Michigan universities enroll in Flu Vaccination Challenge

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We’ve heard of blood drive challenges between Michigan colleges and universities as a way to show school spirit.

Health officials are now trying to engage students in a new challenge – to see which school can achieve the highest vaccination rates against the flu.

Several Michigan schools, including Central Michigan University and Northwestern Michigan College, are participating in the Flu Vaccination Challenge.

Laura Zenz, the Nursing Supervisor at CMU’s Health Services, said the goal is to raise flu vaccination awareness among college-aged individuals.

“Since students are in close contact with each other living in close conditions in dorms and apartments, and being in classroom situations, it’s just important for them to receive the vaccine,” she said. “They will miss less school if they do receive it.”

Zenz saidthe flu usually arrives in October. She said it affects each patient differently, and in some severe cases, can be fatal.

The Following schools are enrolled in the 2014-15 Flu Vaccination Challenge:

  • Albion College
  • Aquinas College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hope College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Oakland University
  • Southwestern Michigan College
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University