With COVID-19 making its rounds, different organizations have had to adapt in order to protect the health of students. The annual health fair was no exception.
Instead of a traditional “fair” with vendors and visitors from local organizations, this year’s fair was refashioned into a flu shot clinic to protect the campus community from COVID-19 exposure and to honor CDC guidelines.
Director of Recreation Services Emily Ludwig said there has been a heavier emphasis on getting flu shots this year compared to years past.
“Flu shots were strongly recommended, so we made sure that we stocked up even more on those,” Ludwig said. “We’re just really trying to provide that service continuously to the students.”
This year’s health fair had steady but consistent attendance throughout the day, with students getting their shots and reading up on some of the services the Esry Student Health Center, among local healthcare organizations, provides.
Hannah Shoemaker, a student who job-shadows at Mosaic Life Care, said she, like other workers in the healthcare field, is required to get her flu shot. She said events like the health fair are important so everyone can be safer amid the pandemic.
“In school, you need to be in your classes—you have to be the healthiest you can be,” Shoemaker said.
Garret Jackson, a student at Missouri Western, said it is important for students to get their shots because they are more vulnerable right now.
“I think with corona going around this time, the addition of having a flu shot makes it easier to predict what I might have,” Jackson said.
The health fair also hosted a blood drive outside Blum Student Union. Students like Michael Green were among those donating at the event. Green said he donates any time he gets the chance.
“I never really seek (blood drives) out, but anytime I see there is one I normally stop in and donate just because it’s something good to do,” Green said. “It doesn’t really take much time out of my day and it happens a couple times a year, so why not stop in?”