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Student Nurses Administrator 300 Flu Vaccines at Mississippi College

Mississippi College School of Nursing students administered free flu shots to members of the MC family on the Clinton campus September 26.
Mississippi College School of Nursing students administered free flu shots to members of the MC family on the Clinton campus September 26.

America’s flu season starts to see increases in October, with peaks reported between December and February. Between 12,000 and 56,000 Americans die from the flu each year. And over 200,000 people typically are hospitalized.

Mississippi College nursing students offered 300 free vaccines Wednesday to make sure flu problems are kept to a minimum for members of the MC family. A steady stream of faculty, staff and students received shots at the cafeteria on the Clinton campus.

“I never get the flu,” says Majorie Trevillion, a cashier with Campus Dining, the school’s food services provider. “Maybe I get a sore throat.”

Trevillion regularly gets flu shots over the past 15 to 20 years. She sees no reason to change that habit in late September 2018.

After packing up their supplies following several hours of service, the student nurses return for a repeat performance at the school cafeteria October 3. Later next Wednesday, the MC seniors will also give more flu shots at the Leland Speed Library (from 3-6 p.m.). For the students on track to graduate in December 2018, it’s good practice before they embark on healthcare careers.

And it’s a nice benefit for the Mississippi College community.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Older people (age 65 and above) and young children are at a higher risk of serious complications. The flu can kill up to 4,000 Americans per week, the Centers for Disease Control reports.

Symptom include body aches, chills, fatigue, sore throat, headaches and a runny nose.

The MC School of Nursing has been administering flu vaccines on the Clinton campus for many years. Later this Fall, Mississippi College student nurses will once again operate a health fair at the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

Their duties at the October 30 convention at First Baptist Church Jackson include providing flu shots for pastors, spouses and other Baptist leaders. The students also hand out healthcare packets on a variety of issues, check blood pressure and conduct various health screenings.

Issac Collins said his flu shot didn’t hurt one bit at Mississippi College. Nursing student Aysia Drain of Yazoo City gave him the injection taking less than 30 seconds.

“I get it (flu shots) every year for the last ten years,” says Collins, 58, who works with Prewitt Contract Services on the Clinton campus.

Since he’s been getting the flu shot, Collins says he never gets the flu.

While there were storms and heavy showers for much of the day on September 26, School of Nursing students had little time to rest between flu shots. “They’ve been busy bees,” said Deborah Bolian, a professor at the School of Nursing.