Starting in January, all students, faculty, and staff members will be eligible for the H1N1 vaccine. Previously, only high-risk students—those with diabetes, chronic asthma, or any kind of immuno-compromised disorder—were eligible. The Davison Health Center is planning on organizing a mass clinic in January to dispense the vaccine.
“We want to make the process as easy and as convenient for students as possible,” said Director of the Davison Health Center Joyce Walter. “It’s more convenient to offer it to students on campus by organizing a mass clinic because then they won’t have to arrange transportation to the city.”
To date, 200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been administered to students, faculty, and staff members. The University will receive about 100 doses per week starting in January.
“There will be one or two clinics offered per week in the first half of the semester,” Walter said.
The University has been instituting measures to combat H1N1, and Walter noted that the incidence of H1N1 on campus has been declining.
“We have heard from the state that we are at the end of a second wave of H1N1,” she said. “We don’t know when or if the third wave will hit. On campus, numbers have been down; we have not put anyone in isolation since Thanksgiving.”
The Health Centre is also preparing for another onslaught of the seasonal flu due to the recent cold weather.
“We will probably see a combination of seasonal flu with H1N1 and will not be able to determine what type of flu it is,” Walter said.
Katie Havlovic ’13, a student who received the H1N1 shot from the Health Center earlier in the semester, appreciated the convenience of receiving the vaccine on campus.
“It’s definitely a lot easier to get the shot on campus than walking all the way to the city clinic,” she said.