Just as we are all excited to enter the winter season and cooler temperatures, so too is the flu. To protect our campus community from the flu this year VISTA, the School of Biological Sciences, the Division of Nursing, and the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management worked together to raise awareness and even brought flu shots on Tech’s campus. Flu shots are always encouraged, but this year due to COVID-19 the risk of increased complications due to the flu is even higher. With similar symptoms and the possibility of contracting both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, the results could be devastating to individuals and the health care system. Dr. Jamie Newman, VISTA Center Co-director, realized how overwhelmed hospitals and clinics could get this season so she wanted to start a Flu Shot Awareness campaign. According to Dr. Jamie Newman it “originally this started out as an awareness campaign after talking with Dr. Pat Hindmarsh, a colleague in Biological Sciences. As we engaged student organizations and different units across the College we realized the opportunity to have Tech Care on campus to provide easy access to flu shots for students, faculty, and staff.” After hearing about this campaign Kayla O’Neal, VISTA Graduate Assistant was happy to contribute the artwork for the posters and be a part of something that could help the Tech community stay safe this season. Kayla and Dr. Newman wanted the poster to attract Louisiana Tech students, faculty, and staff so Kayla “chose to make them red and blue to get everyone in the bulldog spirit of serving others in our community.” The information on the posters was also reviewed by professionals in the medical field to be as accurate as possible while still being easy to follow and understand. Due to the pandemic and fewer people on campus the campaign is mainly being promoted through social media and websites. Although it cannot reach as many students in person they are still having a great turnout with over40 people visiting the tent for a flu shot on the first day. If you have not already done so, the VISTA Center strongly encourages you to go get your flu shot as soon as possible to keep your friends, family, and school safe this season!