October 08, 2009
Maura Marshall, ARNP, MSN
Director of Health Services
Demand for the seasonal flu vaccine was so high this year, we ran out of vaccines after two hours during our Sept. 29 Seasonal Flu Clinic.
We had ordered, received and distributed 100 more vaccine doses compared to last year, and it is uncertain if we will obtain any more. If you still need a seasonal flu vaccine, we recommend that you go to your primary care doctor, local pharmacy (Walgreens, CVS, Shaws), Minute Clinic or the local Health Department. Nursing students may obtain the vaccine through their clinical settings, especially if the hospital requires it.
Since the beginning of the academic year, Health Services has seen 66 students with an influenza-like illness, and sent 13 home to recuperate. Last week alone, we saw 16 students with symptoms and sent 3 home. There have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 (swine flu) so far this semester.
The first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive on campus any day. The Intranasal Live Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccine will be the first to arrive to New Hampshire and Saint Anselm College. It is recommended, initially, for:
- Pregnant women;
- Children 6 months to 5 years with medical conditions;
- Health care workers and first responders with direct patient contact;
Followed as soon as possible by:
- Children 5 through 18 years of age with medical conditions;
- Household contacts of children less than 6 months of age, especially siblings;
- Young adults 19 through 24 years of age with medical conditions;
- Adults 25-64 with medical conditions that are complicated by the influenza virus;
- All health care workers and first responders.
The Intranasal Live H1N1 Vaccine is not recommended for everyone, however, such as individuals with asthma and other underlying conditions. Please see our event information on the upcoming flu clinics for more information, including who should wait for the vaccine injection.
Stay healthy and keep washing your hands!