UHS encourages THON participants to get vaccinated against the flu

Penn State students who participate in THON each year do it "for the kids." University Health Services (UHS) is encouraging all students volunteering with THON to get vaccinated against the flu this year for the same reason.

Getting vaccinated now will prevent illness from flu during THON and other spring activities.

"Children who are cancer survivors and may have weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to influenza," said Margaret Spear, UHS director. "Students who are dancing or working at THON should consider the safety of these children while deciding about their own vaccination."

UHS will hold a flu vaccination clinic for University Park students on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Students can schedule appointments at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/myUHS online. Appointments will be available between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Penn State student health insurance plans will cover the cost of the vaccine, $20, if it is received at UHS.

This year's flu vaccine will include the 2009 H1N1 strain as part of the vaccine. The vaccine will be manufactured in the same manner as previous years and the same high level of effectiveness is expected. For additional information about avoiding the flu this season, visit the UHS website at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

Last Updated November 18, 2010