H1N1 vaccine update

Kent Bullis, director of the Amelia T. Wood Health Center, said no arrangements for students to walk in and receive the vaccine have been made yet.

Students should hold off on trying to get an H1N1 vaccine until they are given more information by e-mail, he said.

Injectable doses of the H1N1 vaccine were unexpectedly delivered to campus Thursday by the Delaware County Health Department, Bullis said. Priority for the vaccines was given to people with chronic medical conditions or who are pregnant. He said the vast majority of students who received the injectable vaccine had asthma. Others had diabetes or were treated for cancer in the past.

Bullis said people with weakened immune systems were given priority because the injectable vaccine is safest for them. The injectable dose is a killed virus, so there is no possibility that it will cause the patient to experience flu symptoms. The H1N1 FluMist vaccine is a weakened virus, so there is still a small chance that it will cause symptoms, he said.

Bullis said he has plans to schedule a time for a Health Center nurse to make a visit to Noyer Complex to administer the vaccine to disabled students that live there.


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