H1N1 Update: Dec. 1, 2009

University Health Services (UHS) will distribute H1N1 flu vaccine  to Penn State students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.

While some sources report that the H1N1 flu has peaked, UHS continues to see many students with influenza-like illness (ILI). In addition, public health officials predict that a second wave of the illness is likely later this winter or spring. Getting vaccinated now will prevent illness from H1N1 should the virus cause further outbreaks.

Vaccination is free and available to students 24 years of age and younger, students with chronic health conditions (regardless of age), students who are pregnant or have recently been pregnant and students who serve as the primary caregiver to children 6 months of age or younger.

UHS strongly encourages all students to get vaccinated and students involved in THON in particular should make a point of receiving a vaccination. Children who are cancer survivors and may have weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to influenza. Students who are dancing or working at THON and spending time with Four Diamonds kids at events leading up to THON should consider the safety of these children while deciding about their own vaccination. "Students involved in THON need to do the socially responsible thing and get vaccinated against H1N1 to help protect the kids," said Margaret Spear, UHS director.

Thursday's clinic will be held in 205 Student Health Center on Penn State's University Park campus. Appointments will be available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 25, and must be scheduled through the UHS Web site at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/basics/online_access.cfm online. Friday's clinic will be held in 129 HUB-Robeson Center. No appointment is necessary for Friday's clinic.

Students are asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt and have their student ID ready in order to expedite the vaccination process.

The CDC provides information that can help students make informed decisions about vaccination at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm.

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Last Updated December 03, 2009