Don't take the flu home for Thanksgiving

University Park, Pa. -- Thanksgiving is a time to share, but don’t share the flu. University Health Services (UHS) encourages Penn State students to get vaccinated before they return home for the holiday break. A clinic will be held in 205 Student Health Center on Penn State's University Park campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to distribute free H1N1 nasal spray vaccine to students 24 years of age and younger and without any chronic health condition. Appointments must be scheduled online through the UHS Web site at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/basics/online_access.cfm. H1N1 vaccinations are free of charge.

The H1N1 nasal spray is not appropriate for all students. Information about who should consider nasal spray is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm.

Vaccination against both seasonal and H1N1 influenza is recommended for college students. It is possible to contract both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu since exposure to one does not give immunity to the other. 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 November 18, 2010