Seasonal flu vaccine available for Penn State students




University Health Services (UHS) is partnering with Maxim Health Services to provide seasonal flu (influenza) vaccinations at the HUB-Robeson Center on the following dates:



  • -- From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 (Heritage Hall)
  • -- From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (Heritage Hall)
  • -- From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Alumni Hall)
  • -- From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 (Heritage Hall)
  • -- From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 (Alumni Hall)
  • -- From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 (Alumni Hall)

Vaccinations are walk-in only and the charge is $26, billed to the student’s Bursar account. Students must present their Penn State ID at the time of vaccination. Students are encouraged to wear a short-sleeved T-shirt to expedite the vaccination process.

Vaccination is recommended for both seasonal flu and H1N1. It is possible to contract both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu since exposure to one does not give immunity to the other.

The risk of contracting the flu is high in a university environment where contact with many individuals is inevitable. Proper nutrition, adequate rest and frequent handwashing can help prevent illness due to influenza and other infectious disease. Proper disposal of facial tissues and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing can also decrease the chance of infection. Sharing personal items (such as toothbrushes or drinks) can spread influenza and should be avoided.

A vaccine for H1N1 is in development and is expected later this fall. UHS has applied to act as a distribution site for the H1N1 vaccine and will send out notifications to all eligible students as more information about vaccine availability is known. The H1N1 vaccine will be distributed at no charge.

For additional information about avoiding the flu this season, visit the UHS Web site at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/flu. Stay up-to-date on flu at Penn State at http://www.flu.psu.edu/.

 


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Last Updated May 06, 2010