College Begins H1N1 Influenza Vaccinations

Posted November 19th, 2009 at 1:03 pm.

The Student Health Center held a vaccination clinic on Monday, Nov. 16, during which approximately 250 students received the H1N1 Influenza vaccine.

The next clinic is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23, from 1-4 p.m. The vaccine is free, and is  being given to students, staff, and faculty 24 years of age and younger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommend that people under the age of 25 receive the vaccine.

Students have been alerted to these clinics directly via e-mail from the Health Center. An additional e-mail was sent to students with underlying health conditions that make it especially important that they receive the vaccine, alerting them to its availability and additional hours during which they can receive it. The Health Center plans to  hold additional clinics after the Thanksgiving break and will e-mail students details about those opportunities to receive the vaccine.

The Health Center has treated more students for flu-like symptoms this year than it does during most typical years. However, most of the cases have been relatively mild.

The CDC has posted a Q&A about the H1N1 influenza vaccine on its Web site.

The Health Center also has seasonal flu vaccine available for students at a cost of $20. The vaccine is available to any Bryn Mawr student and is highly recommended for students with asthma or other respiratory diseases, as well as chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or immune suppression as a result of illness or medication.

Updates about the College’s response to seasonal and H1N1 influenza will be available from the Bryn Mawr College homepage via the “Information About H1N1 and Seasonal Flu” link in the left-hand column.

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