The TCU Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences held a free flu shot clinic in the University Recreation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 7, that gave a vaccination to approximately 3,500 people affiliated with TCU.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni were all welcome to receive flu shots, which were administered by students in the Harris College.
Nursing major Anneliese Niederhauser said the free clinic was a success.
“It went great,” Niederhauser said. “We actually ran out of flu vaccines. I think we almost do every year. We got a lot of people vaccinated, so hopefully we beat the flu.”
The clinic was scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but students received an email at 1 p.m. saying the number of available vaccines was dwindling, and at 2 p.m. the nurses ran out of shots.
Students turned out in droves to receive the vaccine, and Twitter was filled with people sharing their experience and urging others to get the shot.
The event was planned by senior nursing major Katie Gray, who said her team put in many hours of work preparing for the event.
“I’m actually the lead of the logistics team, so I’m kind of the overseer of everything,” Gray said. “We have a lot of people that come through.”
“We also have a lot of volunteers, so we like to bring in a lot of people and give a lot of people the opportunity to help out,” Gray said. “We probably have about 200 people that we siphon through, and we have to train every single one of them.”
Jessica Sarni, a TCU student who received the flu shot, said the nursing majors performed up to her expectations.
“I expected to come right in, get a flu shot and leave,” Sarni said. “It was quick. I didn’t even feel it.”
The flu shot’s effectiveness last year was only 23 percent, but even at that low of a rate, nursing students still urge their fellow students to get the vaccine.
“People definitely need to get vaccinated,” said Molly McMillin, a junior nursing student who helped at the event. “That way we can prevent the flu from spreading around more.”
Gray said the vaccine would prevent students from missing out on valuable time.
“Vaccines are one of our main sources of protection, and it keeps our student body healthy, so we can be going to football games and class, and hanging out with our friends,” Gray said.