Carolina Takes the Title for Flu Vaccinations, 5 Years in a Row
Carolina is known for its national athletic championships, but that's not the only area in which the university excels. For 5 years, Carolina has been the reigning national champion for flu shots.
Carolina partners with Alana's Foundation to track participation in the national university competition to increase awareness of flu vaccine importance. The competition runs from September to December, and campuses report their vaccine numbers each week. According to the 2022-2023 final standings, Carolina reported nearly 8,000 vaccines, ranking #1 among medium sized universities.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine, as well as to follow protocols such as handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes. Even if someone gets the flu after vaccination, they are likely to have reduced severity of symptoms and reduced length of symptoms.
It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine, even though the competition has ended. Students, faculty, and staff are still encouraged to receive their vaccine through the number of options available on campus.
On campus, flu shots are still available at Campus Health Pharmacy and the Student Stores Pharmacy with no appointment necessary. For more information, visit flu.unc.edu.