Marshall University teams with health department for vaccine initiative

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University is partnering with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to educate college students on diseases that are preventable through vaccines.  The effort will include a series of seven educational sessions throughout the spring semester.

The first meeting focuses on the risks of Hepatitis A & B and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 in the Ed Grose Room of the Harless Dining Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The building is located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 17th Street.

Immunizations will be available for a free or reduced cost to those who attend the session.

The series is part of the West Virginia Adolescent Project, “Take Your Best Shot,” a state initiative health officials have implemented because of low vaccination rates statewide.

“Our students’ health is a top priority for us.  We are excited to be partnering with Take Your Best Shot and the Cabell Huntington Health Department to offer these wellness opportunities to our students,” said Amy Saunders, student health education specialist at Marshall University.  “We encourage our students to take part in learning about these vaccine-preventable illnesses.”

Saunders says Hepatitis A & B vaccines are free to Marshall University students who are 18 years of age or younger.  There is a fee for adults 19 years and older.    The event also includes take-home educational materials and free food and giveaways including gift cards to Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target, the MU Bookstore and iTunes.

For more information on the educational seminar or to ask questions about the vaccines, contact Saunders at 304-696-4800.