UCF will compete against UF, FSU and USF Wednesday, Oct. 2, to see which school can administer the most flu shots in one event.

Student Health Services will provide free, walk-in flu shots in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the annual Healthy Knights Expo. To get the shots, students must show a student ID and faculty and staff must show proof of insurance. (This is the first time faculty and staff have had the opportunity to get flu shots on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.)

“I’m getting my flu shot Oct. 2 at the Student Union to help UCF win this challenge and I hope everyone will join me,” says Deborah German, vice president for health affairs and founding dean of the UCF College of Medicine. “We can get protection from the flu and win statewide university bragging rights at the same time!”

Michael Deichen, associate vice president for Student Health Services, reminded students, faculty and staff that when you get vaccinated “you are not only protecting yourself, you are also reducing the chance of giving the flu to your family, co-workers and community members.

“Just like you wear a seat belt to prevent injuries in an automobile accident, everyone should consider flu vaccination to prevent illness.”