“People are just heeding the warnings,” he said.
Michelle Bowdler, the senior director of health and wellness services at Tufts, said the school has vaccinated approximately 40 percent of its students. In the past, Tufts administered about 1,200 to 1,400 flu shots each year, Bowdler said. But now that number is up to more than 3,000 shots per year.
Bowdler said that at Tufts, students are not charged for the vaccination. “It costs us about $10 a shot to purchase the vaccine,” she said. “But we think it’s money well spent.”
If a student contracts the flu, she noted, the consequences can linger.
“The students are here to learn,” she said. “If they get the flu they can be out of commission for one to three weeks and that can really affect their semester.”
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