The RIT Student Health Center has received more than 1,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine from the Federal Government. Initially, several hundred injection-style doses are designated for students with medical problems that place them at high risk for complications of flu infection.
In addition, the center has more than 700 doses in nasal-spray form for healthy adults who have no chronic health problems.
Health Center staff will hold a vaccination clinic for students 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Wednesday in the Auxiliary Gym (behind the Clark Gym). There is no charge and no top age limit for young adults. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health broadened the target population for H1N1 immunizations to include young adults of all ages.
The Health Center reports that the RIT campus now has many fewer people ill with H1N1 flu than it did three weeks ago; however, the history of flu epidemics suggests a third wave of infection during the regular winter flu season can be expected. Students are advised to receive an H1N1 vaccination prior to the holiday break.
Students should bring a student ID card and be prepared to wait. For additional information, call the Student Health Center at 475-2255.
What: H1N1 influenza vaccination clinic
When: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Dec. 16
Where: Auxiliary Gym (behind the Clark Gym)