With a global pandemic brewing and flu season on the way, officials at Shippensburg University’s Etter Health Center are preparing and implementing plans to keep students safe and healthy this semester.
Flu shot clinics will be held all throughout October. Dates and times can be found on the health center’s “Wellness Events & Resources” page at ship.edu/life/wellness/health-center/additional_campus_resources/. No reservations are required.
Etter Health Center officials encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities and provide information for additional testing.
“I believe that, regardless of the year, it is important that [students] get the flu shot. Not only for self-protection, but protection for others as well. Students who cannot attend the clinics can get flu shots at the health center by appointment, but they must bring an insurance card for proper billing,” an official said.
Officials at Etter stressed the significance of getting a flu shot this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39-58 million flu cases are estimated to occur in 2020.
Students can also continue to utilize the self-care room located in the center. There are several over-the-counter medications are made available for students. Over-the-counter medications and the self-care room can be accessed during the center’s operating hours. More information can be found on Etter’s website.
This is available for on- and off-campus students. Self-care appointments must be scheduled ahead of time by calling the health center.
Etter also recommends SU’s CampusShield app to help increase the safety of all those attending the university. The app not only acts as contact tracing for students but can provide the necessary resources to report any possible illness.
Students are encouraged to continue wearing masks, practice social distancing measures and perform daily health self-checks, according to university officials.
Etter Health officials who served as sources for this story requested that their names not be used in the story.