Olivet College Vaccinates Students, Staff for Swine Flu

Hundreds of students at Olivet College packed the library for a shot at getting their H1N1 or swine flu vaccine. Junior Amy Whitesall says, "I was very excited to find out that they're offering the shots for us." For Whitesall, it's her first opportunity because she's not in an at risk category. She says, "I was here early to come in and get my shot so I could stay a little safer."

Olivet College President Don Tuski got his shot as well. He says it's good peace of mind for the school because they've already had cases of swine flu on campus. Tuski says, "We've had about 15 confirmed cases of H1-N1 on campus, most of those students have gone home and we've isolated those who didn't go home."

About 1,300 vaccinations were made available from the Marshall Internal and Family Medicine for the clinic. Tuski says other schools are experiencing 30% absenteeism. He says this could help Olivet prevent that since their numbers are nowhere near that now. Tuski says, "Having students that live on campus 24-7 it's important that we do everything possible to prevent spreading anymore."

Students and administrators are also saying they feel lucky to get the vaccine early. Martha O'Dell says, "It arrived about a week sooner than we expected so we scrambled around and got things ready to do a clinic."

Whitesall says, "I was happy I could get it here and get it early....I actually got uninvited to a party because I was exposed to the swine flu." That's another side affect of the swine flu students there won't have to worry about if they get their vaccines.

Tuski says they plan to do another clinic based on how many students and staff members were vaccinated Wednesday.


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