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Alana's Foundation, a Michigan-based non-profit focused on influenza vaccination education, named the University of Wisconsin-Madison winner of the inaugural College/University Influenza Vaccination Challenge.
Thirty-one institutions participated in the challenge and were categorized based on enrollment with UW-Madison placed in the large school division. University Health Services (UHS), UW-Madison’s campus health center, utilized social media and person-to-person contact to engage students in the challenge which tied in to this year’s flu campaign theme of creating a highly immunized student population to prevent the spread of illness. UW-Madison lead the challenge from the first week and logged 1,095 more challenge participants than its next closest competitor, the University of Michigan.
“I’m amazed how the participating institutions have embraced this challenge and really made a difference in the yearly efforts to increase vaccinations rates among the vulnerable student population and their community,” says Zachary Yaksich, founder and director of Alana’s Foundation.
To date, more than 11,600 Badgers have received their free flu vaccine from UHS. The flu shot campaign began with a clinic on Bascom Hill where more than 1,000 students were vaccinated in four hours. Four outreach clinics across campus followed throughout the fall semester in addition to drop-in shots that were available at the main clinic.
“By participating in this year’s flu shot efforts, our students took an important step to support both their individual health and the health of the campus community,” says William Kinsey, medical director at University Health Services.
Flu shots are still available to students at no cost. To get a flu shot, log in to MyUHS to make an appointment or call 608.265.5600.