Monday, November 16, 2009

Trying to Bribe students to get shots w/ free food and giveaways

They attempted to entice students with coupons for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and "I Beat the Bug" T-shirts. But only 141 students were vaccinated at the event Wednesday night.

Officials at the Carrollton college are taking drastic steps to persuade more of its nearly 11,500 students to get protected from the swine flu virus, also called H1N1. The college started giving out the vaccine Oct. 28, and only 1,280 students have received the vaccine so far, spokesman Rob Douthit said.

While many adults are on the hunt for the vaccine, college students are taking a pass even though it is being offered free on campus. College-age adults are among the most susceptible to swine flu and are considered a priority group for the vaccine, but they are ignoring pleas from college officials, government leaders, medical experts and their parents to get it.

James Turner, president of the American College Health Association, said his group is working with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a media campaign targeting college students.

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