ABOVE: Josh Tingley, Maggie Patton and Tyler Ratliff, pre-health professionals, operate the Graves Drugs flu shots table. Tingley said people need flu shots because, “Well, so you don’t get the flu first of all. It also protects your immunocompromised relatives. So like, maybe you or I wouldn’t be at risk, but if we get it, we can carry it around, and maybe it might affect our grandmother. She’s more susceptible, so it’s more for them than it is for us at this age.” The group administered dozens of shots to students during the fair. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
By Taylor Rodriguez
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Deets Library, the biannual Health and Wellness Fair took place.
The event included a blood drive run by the Red Cross, flu shots managed and provided by Graves Drugs, free HIV kits moderated by Positive Directions and mental health screenings courtesy of Four County Mental Health.
There were also free 10 minute massages and giveaway bags handed out at the event. Tammy McEwen, associate professor of biology, stood in line for a free massage while at the event.
“It was great,” she said after skipping away from the masseuse table.
Students had a part in helping manage the various health resources available to students. Abby Bertholf, biochemistry senior, helped with the flu vaccination table. Bertholf said vaccinations should be important to students.
“I think it’s not only important to protect them, but to also protect people who can’t get the vaccination,” said Bertholf. “It’s better to play it safe.”
Outside of the library, there were students filling paperwork to get screened for various STDs. Jack Berry, history senior, stood in line to get tested.
“I know I’m safe and clean, I’m just here for the fun of it,” said Berry.
There will be another Health and Wellness Fair hosted during the spring of 2020.