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Michigan colleges try to beat the flu

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Thirteen Michigan colleges and universities are trying to get more students to get flushots this fall.

Angela Minicuci with the Michigan Department of Community Health says college-age students tend to have extremely low influenza vaccination rates.  

Only about 10% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 got a flu shot last year.

Last year, a female college student in southeast Michigan died of complications from the flu.

“Anytime we see a young otherwise healthy adult passes away from a vaccine preventable disease, such as the flu, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect that population,” says Minicuci.

Minicuci says college campuses are an ideal environment for influenza.

“It’s going to spread very fast,” says Minicuci, “especially when you have large, densely populated areas such as dormitories and even cafeteria.”

Minicuci says the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Kalamazoo College and Hope College are among the state colleges and universities taking part in the campaign to get students vaccinated against the flu this fall. 

She says college health centers have flu vaccine now and are competing with each other to see which school can get the most students vaccinated this fall.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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