Student health services provides students free flu vaccinations, other affordable services
By Sean Minton
On Sept. 27th at the UWF Commons, Student Health Services hosted an event to bring awareness to students about the upcoming flu season. Not only did SHS staff members Nina Barker and Jennifer Cureton inform students about the flu, but they also gave students the opportunity to get vaccinated on the spot.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Barker and Cureton set up a system for students to get the flu shot within minutes. The only thing students needed to do was fill out a page of paperwork and then they would receive their shot immediately. Students would not be charged for any fees.
“We are wanting to reach out and get more students the flu shot this year because we know how bad the flu was last year,” Barker said. “We want to get more [students] covered.”
Flu vaccinations are to benefit the student population, but SHS also wants students to be aware of the other services they can assist students with as well.
“We are trying to reach out to the student population that may not know about student health services or that don’t know the things we offer over at student health services,” Barker said. “We figured coming out to the Commons where a lot of students are that it will be helpful for them to see us and hear about us.”
Besides flu vaccinations, SHS also offers currently enrolled students other services at their office in Bulding 960, between the tennis courts and the art building. Though most of their services are not free, SHS has made costs for services as minimal as possible for its student population.
SHS can offer students many services such as immunizations, STI testing, pelvic exams, birth control prescription, and physicals. The list of affordable health-care services goes on. Outside of UWF, the pricing for their services are generally doubled, but SHS offers these services for half of the price.
“If it’s something that can’t be done at the office, we will refer the students out,” Cureton said. “For the current semester, it’s free to see the provider. However, there are costs if certain procedures are done, but they are very minimum costs.”
If students prefer to go to the SHS clinic to get vaccinated for the flu, the process is still free. Students can come in any day. The wait averages around 10 minutes.
If students are ill, they are able to go to SHS and can be seen. If a student is actually sick, SHS may provide said student with an excuse note for class.
“Come give us a visit. Come over and see us,” Cureton said. “If you are sick and need help or have questions, we are avaliable.”
From STI testing to flu shots, SHS has many exams that it provides for students. For more information on SHS call (850) 474-2172 or visit uwf.edu/healthservices Information on pricing for other screenings is also provided on their website.