H1N1 Vaccine Available at the Fairfax Campus

Posted: November 2, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: October 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Student Health Services (SHS) at the Fairfax Campus has received a limited amount of the H1N1 live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray, announced Wagida Abdalla, executive director.

SHS will administer this vaccine to eligible populations during a clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 3, while supplies last.

The Arlington and Prince William Campuses are still awaiting shipments.

All Mason students, faculty and staff in the eligible priority groups are welcome to attend the clinic at the Fairfax Campus. Distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for the vaccination.

The vaccinations will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. Please bring a Mason ID. Those wishing to get a vaccination will need to complete a form on site.

Abdalla especially urges Mason students in the eligible groups to get the vaccine.

“In the past week we have seen three to four times more cases in the health center than previously. And it’s not just us—campuses and colleges all over are seeing more cases,” she says.

Abdulla says that she can’t predict when more vaccine will become available; however, the nasal spray seems to be in greater supply than the injectable vaccine. She stresses that both forms of the vaccine are safe and were processed in the same manner as the seasonal flu vaccine.

Following are guidelines for those considering receiving this particular type of vaccine in Mason’s clinic.

Who should get the H1N1 live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray:
1.    Healthy people age 18-24 years old.
2.    Healthy people age 25-49 years old who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months old.
3.    Health care providers and/or emergency medical personnel.

Who should not get the H1N1 live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray:
(This group may be eligible for the inactivated/injectable form of H1N1 influenza vaccine when it is available).

1.    Pregnant women.
2.    People with asthma, heart disease or kidney disease.
3.    People who have a weakened immune system.
4.    People with cancer or who are undergoing cancer treatment.
5.    People over 50 years old.
6.    Adolescents (18 years old or younger) receiving aspirin therapy or taking aspirin on a regular basis.
7.    People with severe allergies to chicken eggs.

Updates on vaccine availability will be posted on the Student Health Services web site, the Human Resources and Payroll web site and the Safety Bulletins web page.

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