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Avoid the flu this fall at free shot clinic

By Thomas Laskey

Here’s your chance to get out in front of the flu bug, at no cost.

Free flu shots will be offered on Nov. 13 in the Multicultural Center in Bldg. 2.

The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will provide up to 200 flu shots for students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Linda Ringo-Reyna, the center’s service coordinator, said that the time you pick to come to the clinic can determine how long you’ll have to wait.

“We’ll get a rush sometimes,” she said. “We’ll get 20 or 40 at a time, and sometimes we’ll have two or three. That’s why we do it throughout the day.”

What’s required?

“When you come in, just have your student ID,” Ringo-Reyna said. “You just have to be able to show you’re a student.”

Be prepared for a bit of pampering as well.

“We offer water, candy, cookies, tea, and coffee,” Ringo-Reyna said. “We have refreshments ready for students.”

Yona Griffin, a student-worker in the Multicultural Center, said the process generally takes from three to five minutes to complete.

A pharmacist and an assistant come to Chemeketa to provide the service.

This is the fourth year that the college has partnered with Walgreens for the No Cost Flu Shot Clinic.

“Walgreens generously donates the flu shots,” Ringo-Reyna said.

“We did 150 shots last year, valued at $30 apiece, so it was a $4,500 donation to the college – to the students.”

The free shots are especially appreciated by those who had to pay for the same service in the past.

Elizabeth Timmons, a first-year Chemeketa student, said, “I took someone to get a flu shot, and it ended up costing something like $38.”

Adrian Manriquez, a student worker in the Multicultural Center, said, “If it weren’t for this, many students probably wouldn’t get a flu shot.”

Ringo-Renya said, “This is something that’s a benefit to students.

“The no cost flu shot clinic is there to serve the students. It’s an otherwise unmet need.”

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