Campus Health Clinic Offering H1N1 Vaccinations Beginning Dec. 16

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 15, 2009 — The Campus Health Clinic at Southeast Missouri State University will begin offering H1N1 vaccinations on Dec. 16 by appointment to students, faculty and staff.

The vaccinations will be provided based upon the published Guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In order to be considered for a vaccine at this time, recipients must meet one of the CDC Guidelines outlined below:

Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to infants who cannot be vaccinated;

Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age because younger infants are at higher risk of influenza-related complications and cannot be vaccinated. Recipients must provide evidence to demonstrate their responsibility for caring for child(ren) less than 6 months of age;

All people from 6 months through 24 years of age

• Children from 6 months through 18 years of age because cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in children who are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread, and

• Young adults 19 through 24 years of age because many cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in these healthy young adults and they often live, work and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population;

Individuals not meeting these criteria should contact their local health department or health care provider about possible H1N1 vaccination. If additional vaccinations are made available, the vaccination access will be expanded to include other students, faculty and staff.

To make an appointment with the Campus Health Clinic, contact the Clinic at (573) 651-2270. Those getting vaccinated are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment to fill out the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service Immunization Consent and History form.  This is required by the State of Missouri and vaccination cannot be provided without this information being completed. Vaccination appointments will be available on the following dates and times listed:

• Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The vaccine is provided at no cost and will be administered based upon the published guidelines of the CDC. You can learn more about these guidelines at http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/guidance/.