UHS offers free HPV and flu vaccines

University Health Services (UHS) will offer free vaccine clinics for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and season flu from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24. The free vaccine has been provided to UHS by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH).

The HPV vaccine (Gardasil) clinic is open to all male and female students between the ages of 18 and 26. Student spouses aged 18 to 26 who are covered by the Penn State student health insurance plan may also receive the free HPV vaccine. Appointments for the Gardasil clinic can be scheduled online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/myUHS online; walk-ins also will be accepted.

The flu vaccine clinic is open to all Penn State students. Student spouses who are covered by the Penn State student health insurance plan may also receive the free flu vaccine. Flu vaccine will be administered on a walk-in basis during the clinic.

Please note that Gardasil is given in a series of three injections, with the second dose given two months after the first dose, and dose three given six months after the first dose. Students who have already started the vaccine series are encouraged to continue and/or complete the series through one of the free clinics, provided the dose coincides with the scheduled clinics (verification of previous dose is required). Additional information about HPV can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm online.

Students who have not yet been vaccinated against the flu this season can still benefit from the clinic -- even if they have already been sick with the flu. For additional information about avoiding the flu this season, visit the UHS website at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/flu online.

Last Updated January 21, 2011