Wake Forest to hold flu vaccine clinic for undergraduate students
October 29, 2009
Wake Forest University has received a limited shipment of H1N1 flu vaccine and will hold its first clinic in November to administer the vaccine.
The university has received 1,000 doses of the vaccine in nasal spray form and will offer it to undergraduate students in a clinic to be held Nov. 3 in Luter Residence Hall and Nov. 4 in Davis Residence Hall. Clinic hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The vaccine is free. Students will need to show their Wake Forest identification cards at the clinic. It will be administered to undergraduates on a first-come, first-served basis, with 500 doses available each day.
In the nasal spray form, the vaccine is approved by public health officials for a limited portion of the population, including people from two through 49 years of age who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions, including asthma or a weakened immune system. At the Wake Forest clinic, additional information will be available regarding those for whom the nasal spray vaccine is appropriate.
Wake Forest is planning a series of H1N1 flu vaccination clinics, initially for priority groups, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include:
- All people from six months through 24 years of age
- Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from the flu
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than six months of age
- Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
Ultimately, university officials hope to offer the vaccine to all students, faculty and staff in future clinics. The clinics will be held this semester as vaccine becomes available to the university. At this point, the university does not have additional information on future vaccine shipments, but officials expect to receive much more this semester.