#FlexYourFlu: Social media campaign promotes flu shot clinics

Video by Jessica Babb | Broadcast Reporter, By Holly Luttrell | Reporter

The Student Health Advisory Council is encouraging students to get a flu shot with the Flex Your Flu campaign.

The Student Health Advisory Council is a student-run organization that raises awareness for issues students face regarding physical and mental health. According to organization’s president Chris Shin, they partner with the Baylor Health Center. The organization is advised by Dawn Chumak, a nurse in the Baylor Health Center, and Meg Patterson, the director of wellness.

“We work with the Baylor Health Center to promote the relationship between students and the health center. We work with them for events like [Flex Your Flu], where we promote the flu clinics,” Shin said.

Students are encouraged to get their shot through the Health Center’s flu shot clinics or at local pharmacies. Student Health Advisory Council members have posted fliers at flu shot clinics around campus. Upon receiving their flu shot, either on or off campus, students can take a picture of the flier and post it to either Facebook or Instagram using the #FlexYourFlu hashtag. Anyone who participates will have the potential to win a prize at the end of the campaign.

“Every year, the Baylor Health Clinic runs a couple of flu shot clinics across campus, and SHAC [Student Health Advisory Council] is incentivizing that,” Shin said.

Prizes include gift baskets assembled by members. Winners of the contest will be chosen on Nov. 4, giving students a couple more weeks to get their shots.

“I think building awareness about the flu clinic is a good thing, especially since it benefits the Baylor community as a whole,” said Burke, Va., senior Emily Brennan. “I’m really not a big fan of needles, but I can see how this program can help remind and urge students to get their shot.”

The Baylor Health Clinic is located on the second floor of the Student Life Center. The flu shot clinics are held across campus in locations such as the Paul L. Foster Success Center, the Baylor Sciences Building, the law school, the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation and the Student Union Building.

Clinics will be held twice a week until Oct. 31. A full schedule for the flu shot clinics can be found on the Health Center website.