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What you need to know about getting the flu shot this year

Professors from Temple’s College of Public health discuss how flu shots help decrease the spread of respiratory illnesses and keep the community healthy.

As flu season approaches amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Temple University students should get the flu vaccine to keep themselves and those around them healthy, said Marina Oktapodas Feiler, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor.

“It’s extra important to make sure that we receive influenza vaccines to decrease flu spread, especially

Temple professors research vaccine accessibility, hesitancy

Crystal Reeck and Heather Gardiner are analyzing how cities can improve the way they distribute vaccines to residents and why some people are reluctant to receive vaccines.

As Crystal Reeck researched how cities created registration platforms for residents to receive COVID-19 vaccines, she found that for many people, signing up to get a shot is not a simple process.

“It’s a struggle,” said Reeck, a supply chain management professor. “You have to be really committed to wanting to get that shot

Temple staff facilitate spring semester COVID-19 testing

Erica Townsend came across a position to administer COVID-19 tests on Temple University’s career site one month ago and applied, knowing options in her physical therapy degree were slim.

“There’s no jobs available,” Townsend said. “I’m sorry to say it, there’s just no options unless you want to work for Uber or Amazon.”

Townsend is one of the 27 temporary testing staff members Temple hired in preparation for the hybrid Spring 2021 semester. The testing staff, along with 10 student workers, man