By Bevan McCrory Aurora, Ill.-This week is an important week for wellness at AU. The university is hosting three wellness events throughout the week, and all students are encouraged to participate.
On Wednesday morning, AU is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dunham Atrium. The blood drive is brought to you by Heartland Blood Center. Donors must bring a picture ID in order to donate. Donating blood only takes about 30 minutes and each donation can save up to 3 lives. Donors will get a free t-shirt as a bonus for donating!
On Wednesday evening, the AU Wellness Center is running a Flu Shot Clinic in UBH. The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months of age receive an annual Flu shot, and AU is offering them for only $20, which is significantly cheaper than you could get one outside of the school. As well as the $20 Flu shots, the Clinic also offers Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis shots for $45(cash only), Meningitis shots for $100 and Pneumonia shots for $70. All payments must be made in the form of cash or check.
Additionally, AU is hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive on Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Dunham Atrium. Registering requires only a quick swabbing of the inside of your cheek, and absolutely no blood will be drawn during the process. Finding a matching bone marrow donor is much more difficult than finding a matching blood donor, so every registered donor is needed in order to save lives. The drive will benefit the Be the Match Foundation, a national marrow registry, and Lifesource Blood Center. Drive co-sponsors are the university’s Phillips Library, the campus Student Nurses’ Association, Gamma Phi Omega sorority, Black Student Union and Mu Sigma Pi, a healthcare student-service club.
Cheryl Block, Director of the AU Wellness Center, would like to recommend those individuals who intend on both donating blood and receiving a Flu shot to speak with the technician taking their donation before giving blood. Some individuals may experience adverse reactions to giving blood and receiving a shot in the same day. Better to be safe than sorry.