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October 01, 2013

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Phar­macy stu­dents in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences will help the North­eastern com­mu­nity pre­pare for the flu season by offering free vac­cines at the college’s sev­enth annual Health Fair and Flu Clinic on Wednesday. The fair will also fea­ture free health screen­ings, give­aways, and a blood drive.

Phi Delta Chi, the pro­fes­sional fra­ter­nity of the School of Phar­macy, will manage the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Curry Stu­dent Center indoor quad and ballroom.

“The main goal of the event is to help get as many North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff vac­ci­nated against the flu,” said fair chair Erica Dia­man­tides, a doc­toral stu­dent of phar­macy. About 2,500 people attended last year’s fair, during which more than 1,100 flu vac­cines were administered.

Tra­di­tional flu shots as well as the mist form of the vac­cine will be offered, according to Mark Dou­glass, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of phar­macy and Phi Delta Chi’s fac­ulty adviser. Fac­ulty as well as stu­dents in the nursing, phar­macy, and physi­cian assis­tant pro­grams will admin­ister the vac­cines, which will be pro­vided by the Uni­ver­sity Health and Coun­seling Ser­vices.

“All three pro­grams will be working together side by side,” Dou­glass said.

In addi­tion to the free flu shots, Brigham and Women’s Hos­pital will sponsor a blood drive in the ball­room and a score of stu­dent groups will man tables at the indoor quad. The stu­dent groups will pro­mote a range of health and well­ness infor­ma­tion, from breast cancer aware­ness and STI pre­ven­tion to healthy eating at Northeastern’s dining halls. The first 250 people who visit three tables will get a free water bottle.

The fair’s health screen­ings, mean­while, will allow people to check their cho­les­terol levels and bone den­sity, as well as test their speech and hearing. Another test will reveal whether par­tic­i­pants play their music too loud on their portable media players.

For more infor­ma­tion, email Erica Diamn­tides at diamantides.​e@​husky.​neu.​edu.

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