Flu shots-R-Us

| Global Health, Monday Letter, Our People

For the first time in history, the USF College of Public Health offered it’s free Flu Shot Drive during Homecoming Week.

According to event organizer Ellen Kent, MPH, more than 1,300 vaccines were administered this year—up from 1,100 in 2012.

Several local radio and television stations promoted the event, including Health News Florida.

Undergraduate student Elsie De Marziani reported on the flu shot drive for The Digital BullPen, the online news service of the USF School of Mass Communications.

Most recently, Donna Petersen, ScD., MHS, CPH, wrote an op-ed for The Tampa Tribune/TBO.com answering the questionWhy should an active, healthy senior get a flu shot?

Dr. Petersen is the interim senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the USF College of Public Health. The Department of Global Health is Dr. Petersen’s academic home. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, Global Health added an online master of public health degree in infection control to its academic offerings.