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H1N1 Influenza

Dec 1, 2009

H1N1 flu vaccine available to students on campus to students age 24 and younger. 

The following email was sent to all enrolled students on Monday, November 30, 2009 and Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from Edward A. Wheeler, Jr. MD, Director of Health Services. 

Dear students,

H1N1 VACCINE IS AVAILABLE (Brown students ages 24 years and younger).  SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW (log-in link below).

We are beginning to schedule H1N1 vaccine clinics for Brown students ages 24 years and younger.  As indicated in my email to you of November 16, 2009 the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has identified students 24 years of age and younger as an important priority group for H1N1 vaccination.  The RIDOH and Brown University Health Services will be providing H1N1 vaccine in accordance with RIDOH instructions.  We will distribute information about vaccine availability for students above age 24 when that information is available.  Note that the RIDOH controls all vaccine distribution in the state.


  1. Available now to actively-enrolled Brown students ages 24 years and younger.
  2. Free-of-charge to the student.
  3. By appointment only and at the vaccine clinic location only; walk-ins will not be accepted and vaccination will not be available at Health Services.
  4. Recommended even if you have recently had an influenza-like illness (ILI), and even if you have had a positive test that confirms H1N1.
  5. Separate from the seasonal flu vaccine; the seasonal flu vaccine does not provide protection against the H1N1 virus.


The majority of H1N1 vaccine for students will be the nasal vaccine form (Flumist).  RIDOH will be providing a very limited supply of injectable H1N1 vaccine which will be reserved for students with underlying medical conditions who cannot receive the nasal form of vaccine.


  1. We are scheduling appointments one week at a time; when one week is full, we will open more appointments as vaccine supply arrives.
  2. We encourage you to schedule a vaccine appointment as soon as possible.
  3. Vaccine appointments begin TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1; the last day of vaccination this semester will be Friday, December 18.
  4. Vaccine appointments will be held at Josiah's (Jo's in Gregorian Quad, Thayer Street).


  1. Go to the Health Services website
  2. Click `H1N1 information' then click 'H1N1 Vaccine' on the next page.
  3. Review the general information and follow the website instructions.
  4. Log in with your Brown username and password to schedule your appointment.
  5. Follow the instructions to select and schedule an appointment.
  6. PLEASE be patient with the on-line system.  It runs more slowly when many people are logged in looking for appointments; clicking multiple times may schedule you for multiple appointments.
  7. If you cannot find an open appointment, check back frequently; we are scheduling a number of days at a time and will continue to open more appointments.


If you have questions about vaccination, call Health Services at (401) 863-1330.


Edward A. Wheeler, Jr. MD
Director, University Health Services


For both the seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1 flu vaccine, some people will need to be screened more carefully prior to receiving vaccine.  These include people with an allergy to eggs, people who have had problems after receiving seasonal flu shots in the past or anyone who is moderately or acutely ill at the time of the flu vaccination.  Health care personnel will provide screening at flu clinics.

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Edward Wheeler, MD
Director, Health Services


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