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October 4, 2013 - Another Good Reason to Get Vaccinated
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Dr. Tom Rich, associate professor of pharmacology, receives his flu shot at a flu shot clinic provided by USA Physicians Group.

The University of South Alabama Physicians Group is providing Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics free of charge exclusively for USA Employees next week.

Six first-year medical students at USA have volunteered to administer the flu vaccines at the Mitchell Center on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Medical student Jacob Sexton said he is looking forward to the hands-on time that administering the vaccines will offer. “I volunteered to administer the vaccines because I wanted to prepare for future visits to my clinical assignment,” he said. “I also hope to continue to work on my communication skills during the day while working with the students, faculty, and their families.”

Jelaina Scott, another first-year medical student, said the flu shot is an easy and efficient preventative method in medicine. “As a future physician, I want to seize every opportunity I can to help promote a healthy lifestyle in my community,” she said. “I think it is very important for everyone to have access to the flu vaccinations and other vaccinations because they help alleviate health issues that are preventable."

The walk-in clinics are available October 9th through the 11th at six convenient locations. Family members covered by the USA Health & Dental plan are also eligible for the seasonal flu vaccines at these clinic sites free of charge. This applies to children four years old and older. No appointments are necessary.

For more information and to view the complete list of flu shot clinics, visit http://www.usahealthsystem.com/fluvaccine. If you have any questions, call our appointment and information line at (251) 434-3711.

It is especially important for those who are considered high risk to get vaccinated. This includes people who have certain medical conditions including heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; and people younger than 5 years and people 65 years and older. To learn more about the flu and heart disease, click here.

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