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UHS to hold large vaccination clinic this Friday

As complaints of influenza-like illness (ILI) reported to University Health Services dropped to a record low for the semester, UHS announced plans for a large-scale H1N1 vaccination clinic to be held this Friday at the SERF (Southeast Recreational Facility).

Twelve students were evaluated at UHS for influenza-like illness (ILI) between Nov. 22 and 28, a week that included the Thanksgiving holiday. Two percent of visits to the primary care clinic were for ILI.

UHS has recently received 4,000 doses of vaccine against H1N1 influenza (aka “swine flu”). All registered students age 24 and under are now eligible for vaccination.

The clinic will be held Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is needed, just a valid student ID. The SERF is located at 715 W. Dayton St.

“Students have been terrific about this all semester, as we waited for this vaccine to arrive,” says Sarah Van Orman, M.D., executive director of University Health Services.

“Now that we have it, our goal is to deliver as many doses as possible to them as quickly as we can. By far, the most efficient way to do that is to hold a large clinic in a big space like the SERF.”

Free H1N1 vaccinations are also available at the main UHS location, 333 East Campus Mall, 6th floor, Green Clinic, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. There will be no flu shot clinic at UHS on Friday, only at the SERF. Please note, guest students, faculty and staff are not eligible to receive vaccinations from UHS.

Students can also get updates of vaccine availability by following UHS on Facebook (UHSMadison) or on Twitter, @UHS_Madison, or at (“Free Flu Shots”).

Link to Week 13: Nov. 22-28 (PDF)

Read more about ILI reporting background