By noon Tuesday, the U of M had given 4,371 flu shots, easily eclipsing the previous Guinness World Record of 3,271. That record was set in November 2006 in
"This has been a wonderful success. Not only have we broken the record, but we vaccinated so many people and raised awareness about the importance of flu vaccines when it comes to the health of college students," said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, director and chief public health officer at the University of
The university's Boynton Health Service, with help from the U of M's
"We needed to find some way to raise the whole issue of immunizations among college students, and we figured what better thing on a college campus than to go after a world record. Students have responded to it," Ehlinger said.
In addition, the mass one-day vaccination effort served as a test of the university's emergency response mechanism, to see how many people can be inoculated in a short period of time. The single-day effort proved successful in that respect as well, Ehlinger said.
"If we need to mobilize our Medical Reserve Corps to deal with an influenza outbreak or a small pox outbreak, we'll have had the training with this event to allow us to do that," Ehlinger said.