Lakyn McGee, Ozarks News Brief

SPRINGFIELD – It’s that time of year again. Everyone’s planning their vacations and trying to visit family as quickly as they can. But, that also means germs are traveling with us too.

Paul Gubbins, associate dean of pharmacy at UMKC, says you need to be getting a flu shot right now.

“Flu season really runs from September to around December / January, all around May. But the peak part of it usually occurs from October to December. Last year, flu season went a little late, to late March, early April,” says Gubbins.

Gubbins went on to say college students are vulnerable to getting the flu because of the stress of finals. However, students are less likely to get a flu shot than an elderly person or child.

The number of people who have gotten their flu shots is already down this year. But, the UMKC School of Pharmacy in Springfield says they’ve already given out 2,500 flu shots.

In a recent study from the University of Buffalo, only about 8 percent of college students received the flu vaccine last year. Experts are finding more ways to get students involved.

One student says it’s very important to get the flu shot. “I received flu shot earlier this month,” says MSU student Ashley Aumiller. “I actually got it from work because it’s required. So, I just had to get it before a certain time fame,” explained Aumiller.

To stay germ free, UMKC has partnered with MSU to get students vaccinated. One way was by creating a contest called #bearthebandaid.