H1N1 Update: Nov. 3, 2009

A clinic will be held in 205 Student Health Center on the University Park campus Friday, Nov. 6, to distribute an additional 1,000 doses of the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine to students 24 years of age and younger. Appointments must be scheduled online through the University Health Services (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.

UHS has received a small number of injectable H1N1 vaccine doses. Students with chronic health conditions (such as asthma or diabetes) have been contacted via e-mail to receive the vaccine. Students with chronic health conditions who are not eligible for the nasal spray can make an appointment online through the UHS website to receive the injectable H1N1 vaccine.

Three seasonal flu clinics for Penn State students on the University Park campus remain. Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11, again in Alumni Hall.

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 web site 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.

Last Updated November 18, 2010