Look out, Florida Hospital. You just got served. Big time.
In the apparently competitive world of administering the most flu shots in a single day, the University of Minnesota now reigns supreme, according to Guinness World Records.
Its all the work of University of Minnesota Health Director Edward Ehlinger, who faced a dilemma: How best to get his 65,000 students, staff and faculty members excited about flu shots?
Ehlinger had long sought to break his universitys annual ceiling of about 16,000 flu shots, and figured a contest to break the world record for the most influenza vaccines given in one day would generate the kind of buzz that could help. Knowing college campuses, they love competition, Ehlinger said. I had my staff call the people at Guinness to find out if there was a record. And indeed there was.
Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 28, the universitys students and teachers received a total of 11,810 flu shots at four Twin Cities locations, easily blowing past the previous record of 3,271 set by Florida Hospital Centra Care, an urgent-care center in Sanford run by the Orlando-based hospital. Ehlinger said the record-setting run put the university on track to approach 20,000 immunizations this season.
Balls in your court, Florida Hospital.