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Next H1N1 Vaccine Clinic on Campus

The H1N1 intranasal vaccine will be administered on campus.

The H1N1 intranasal vaccine will be administered on campus. (photo by Jeff Watts)

American University has received another shipment of the H1N1 vaccine from the District of Columbia Department of Health (DCDOH). We will hold a vaccination clinic for students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, December 1 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on the 1st floor of Mary Graydon Center, in the lounge behind the information desk, where seasonal flu clinics were conducted earlier this fall.

We will administer the intranasal vaccine to those students, faculty and staff members up to 49 years of age, unless a person is in a group for which the nasal spray is not recommended. In those cases, we will administer the shot. To determine eligibility for the intranasal vaccine, each person will be required to complete an H1N1 vaccine registration form upon arrival at the vaccination clinic that includes demographic information, priority group designation, and medical screening and history questions.

The clinic is being offered on a first come first served basis, until supplies of the vaccine are exhausted. As with our first vaccine clinic, there is no charge for the vaccine and we will not be taking appointments. This clinic is for students, faculty and staff of American University.

We expect an additional shipment of vaccine the first week of December and will announce another clinic once we receive the shipment.

We encourage those students, faculty and staff members in the priority groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to participate in the clinic – pregnant women; household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age; healthcare and emergency medical services personnel; all people from 6 months through 24 years of age; and those aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza because of chronic disorders such as asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system. 

We received a quantity of vaccine from DCDOH based on the number of people in our campus community. As much as we would like to be able to help our extended AU families, unfortunately we will not be able to provide the vaccine to anyone other than AU students, faculty and staff. Also, DCDOH has encouraged us not to provide the vaccine to children under 18 because two doses of nasal spray or H1N1 shot are required for children. Because the university does not know when we will receive additional vaccine doses or how many, we do not want to take the risk of not fully vaccinating children. 

For information on DCDOH vaccine clinics for non-AU students, faculty and staff, please visit http://doh.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,A,1370,Q,604320.asp

Should you get vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 if you have had flu-like illness since the Spring of 2009?

If you were ill but do not know if you actually had H1N1 flu, you should get vaccinated, if your doctor recommends it. If you had H1N1 flu, as confirmed by an RT-PCR test, you should have some immunity against 2009 H1N1 flu and can choose not to get the 2009 H1N1 vaccine. However, vaccination of a person with some existing immunity to the 2009 H1N1 virus will not be harmful. For more information on this question, see the prior illness section of the government’s flu.gov web site.

Those who want protection from seasonal flu should still get the seasonal influenza vaccine available at the Student Health Center or from your health care provider.

For further information, visit the CDC’s web pages on H1N1 vaccine safety and vaccine facts.

If you have flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to self-isolate, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC. Symptoms of the H1N1 virus are similar to regular seasonal influenza and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please report it to the Student Health Center (students) or Carol Edwards in HR at x2589 (staff-faculty).

H1N1 information can be found at www.american.edu/H1N1. The page is also accessible from the Quick Links section of the AU home page.