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Flu Vaccine Update: Persons Under 25 Encouraged to be Vaccinated

November 16, 2009 | by Alan K. Cubbage
EVANSTON, Ill. --- All students and other members of the Northwestern University community under age 25 are encouraged to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine at no cost, starting Tuesday, Nov. 17. Supplies of the vaccine are limited, so vaccinations will be available only to those persons in the priority groups designated by the Centers for Disease Control, which includes persons under age 25, while supplies last.

The vaccinations are being provided by the Evanston Health Department and will be administered at the Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Dr., and Patten Gymnasium, 2407 Sheridan Rd. Vaccinations are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 while supplies last.

A valid Northwestern WildCARD, proof of age and proof of being in one of the priority groups will be required of all persons seeking to be vaccinated.

The priority groups identified by the CDC are:

- Persons less than 25 years old. All students and others under age 25 are encouraged to be vaccinated.

- Pregnant women.

- Persons who live with or provide care for infants aged less than 6 months.

- Health care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct contact with patients.

- Persons aged 25 through 64 years old who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications, such as chronic illnesses or suppressed immune systems.

Please note:

- Family members and other dependents are NOT eligible for these on-campus vaccinations.

- Persons age 65 and older are not considered by the CDC to be in the priority groups even if they have the medical conditions outlined above. Therefore, vaccinations will NOT be available to persons in that age group.

In addition to having a valid WildCARD and proof of age, the following documentation of being in a priority group will be required:

- For pregnant women, a doctor's note, documentation confirming pregnancy or any prenatal medications.

- For persons who live with or care for infants aged less than 6 months old, documentation that the child's age is less than 6 months, such as a birth certificate, insurance statement covering childbirth, or any other document that indicates the birth occurred within the last six months.

- For health care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct contact with patients, a professional license.

- For persons with chronic medical conditions, a doctor's note or proof of current medications.

Students under the age of 18 must obtain parental consent. Consent forms are available from the Health Service web site. For forms, go to http://www.nuhs.northwestern.edu/evanston/h1n1-vaccination.aspx

In order to minimize wait times, vaccinations will be given at Norris University Center and Patten Gymnasium at designated times, based on last name. The system of designated times will be used on ALL days that the vaccine is provided.

Norris University Center, Northwestern Room, 202:

- Last names A-G: 9 to 11 a.m.

- Last names H-Q: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

- Last names R-Z: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Patten Gymnasium:

- Last names R-Z: 9 to 11 a.m.

- Last names H-Q: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

- Last names A-G: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The vaccinations will be given in one of two ways: via a nasal mist or a shot in the upper arm. Please wear clothing that will enable easy access to your arm.

Persons in the priority groups coming from the Chicago campus who are planning to take the intercampus shuttle are advised to wait until after 9 a.m. as the shuttle buses departing Chicago prior to that time are generally full.

If the Evanston Health Department receives additional vaccine in the future, the University will schedule additional dates for vaccinations.

For additional information, go to http://www.nuhs.northwestern.edu/evanston/h1n1-vaccination.aspx

Topics: University News