Shortage of Flu Vaccine Forces
Cancellation of Clinic At UNH
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 25, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire’s Health
Services has cancelled its Nov. 3 Flu Clinic due to a shortage of
the vaccine.“Health Services will have the vaccine available
for higher-risk students, faculty, and staff,” says Kevin
Charles, assistant vice president for student and academic services
and director of Health Services. “Higher risk means those
members of the university community who meet the guidelines for
receiving priority as published by the United States Centers for
Disease Control (CDC).”
In the past, the CDC has recommended that healthy college students
get vaccinated due to close living conditions; however, the guidelines
have been revised due to the shortage to funnel all available supplies
to higher risk populations.
Higher-risk individuals should call the Health Services appointment
line at 862-2856 to make an appointment to receive the vaccine.
The criteria are online at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/0405shortage.htm.
In a pro-active measure, Health Services plans to provide members
of the campus community with the latest information about how to
prevent the spread of colds and flu and what to do if you happen
to become sick. Self-help information is available online at:
Flu protection: http://www.unh.edu/health-services/pdf/FluProtection10-04.pdf
Self-care for the flu: http://www.unh.edu/health-services/pdf/SYMPTOMSANDSELFflu.pdf.
For more information, please contact either Charles at 603-862-1098
or Kathleen Grace-Bishop, associate director of Health Services