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H1N1 flu vaccine for Students 25 years and older with certain chronic medical conditions  Dec. 16, 2009


Dear Undergraduate, Graduate and Medical Students,

  • Friday 12/18/09 is the last day of vaccination for this semester.
  • Vaccine is now available for students 25 and older who have certain chronic medical conditions.

 

STUDENTS 25 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER – WITH CERTAIN CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) now allows vaccination for students who are 25 years of age or older with certain chronic medical conditions (e.g., pregnancy, weakened immune system, asthma, blood disorder, heart, kidney, lung or neurological disease) that put them at increased risk of complications from influenza.  As part of our student vaccination program, Brown now has a limited supply to provide H1N1 vaccination to actively-enrolled students who meet these criteria on a first come, first served basis.  Additional vaccine appointments have been made available on Friday, December 18, 2009 for this purpose.  To schedule your appointment, see the instructions below.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment on Friday, we anticipate that more vaccine will be available in January.

 

We will continue to distribute information about vaccine availability for other groups of students when that information is available.  Please check the Health Services website periodically for updates. Note that the RIDOH controls all vaccine distribution for the state’s population.

 

H1N1 VACCINATION IS…

  • Available now to actively-enrolled Brown students ages 24 years or younger, and to actively-enrolled students 25 years or older who also have certain medical conditions.
  • Free-of-charge to the student.
  • 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.
  • Recommended even if you have recently had an influenza-like illness (ILI), and even if you have had a positive test that confirms H1N1.
  • Separate from the seasonal flu vaccine; the seasonal flu vaccine does not provide protection against the H1N1 virus.

 

VACCINATION BY NOSE OR BY ARM

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.

 

WHEN CAN I GET VACCINATED?

  • The last day of vaccination this semester will be Friday, December 18.
  • We encourage you to schedule a vaccine appointment as soon as possible.
  • Vaccine appointments will be held at Josiah’s (Jo’s in Gregorian Quad, Thayer Street).

 

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN H1N1 VACCINE APPOINTMENT?

  • Go to the Health Services website (http://www.brown.edu/health)
  • Click ‘H1N1 information’ then click ‘H1N1 Vaccine’ on the next page.
  • Review the general information and follow the website instructions.
  • Log in with your Brown username and password to schedule your appointment.
  • Follow the instructions to select and schedule an appointment.
  • 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.
  • If you cannot find an open appointment, check back frequently; we are scheduling one week at a time and will continue to open more appointments.

 

QUESTIONS?

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward A. Wheeler, MD

Director, University Health Services

www.brown.edu/health

Health_Services@brown.edu

 

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