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H1N1 vaccine available to all

H1N1 vaccine is now widely available to all UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.

Students continue to be encouraged to receive vaccine on a walk-in basis at the 6th floor Green Clinic of University Health Services, 333 East Campus Mall until Dec. 23.

Visit UHS to learn more about hours leading up to Winter Break.

If students are unable to stop by UHS, they are encouraged to make an appointment with a healthcare provider over winter break, or to visit a community clinic.

For the first time, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that public health departments and private health care providers can also vaccinate all members of the general public, including faculty and staff.

Call your health care provider or 2-1-1 to find out an H1N1 or seasonal influenza vaccine clinic nearest to you. A “clinic finder” is also available online at http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov or www.wisconsinfluclinic.info.

“With more than 1.5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine in the state, we have reached a point where we can begin to offer the vaccine to individuals outside of the target group populations,” said State Health Officer Dr. Seth Foldy. “While this is good news, it should not be interpreted as an indication that those most-at-risk have all been vaccinated. Protecting pregnant women, everyone under the age of 24 and those with underlying health conditions remain our top priority.”

H1N1 activity is expected to continue throughout the influenza season and DHS recommends that all individuals, especially those on the CDC target list, get vaccinated as another wave of H1N1 cases could occur later this season.

The H1N1 vaccine is safe and effective and even those who’ve had flu-like symptoms should be vaccinated as there are a variety of respiratory illnesses that circulate during cold and flu season. Children under age 10 require two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, with an optimal time of four weeks between first and second doses.