More than 1,500 students received H1N1 influenza vaccinations at the SERF on Friday, bringing the total number of students vaccinated against “swine flu” by University Health Services (UHS) this season to more than 4,500.
“We were very pleased with the turnout,” says Sarah Van Orman, M.D., executive director of UHS. “Even though it was a snowy Friday, we had a steady stream of students coming in all day, and we were vaccinating two or three hundred people every hour.”
UHS has more H1N1 vaccine available, and any student age 24 or under is eligible to receive it. There is no charge, and no appointment is necessary. Just bring a valid student ID to the 6th floor, Green Clinic, at 333 East Campus Mall, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
“Students should try to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” says Van Orman.
“That will lower your chances of getting the flu during exam week, or having the flu when you’re supposed to be enjoying your winter break. And it will help protect the whole campus from experiencing another outbreak when the spring semester starts.”
Meanwhile, influenza activity on campus remained low, with 16 students being evaluated by UHS for influenza-like illness (ILI) in the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. ILI patients represented 1.7 percent of all primary care visits.