H1N1 Vaccine Now Available for Mary Baldwin Students

December 9, 2009

On behalf of the Mary Baldwin University Health Center, I am delighted to share the news that the Health Center has received 100 doses of vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 influenza.

General guidelines for the vaccine indicate that priority should be given to those in high risk categories, including pregnant women, people between 6 months and 24 years of age, household members and caregivers for babies under 6 months, healthcare personnel, and individuals aged 25 through 64 years who have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or kidney disease. Most RCW students fall into one of these categories.

The H1N1 vaccine will be administered on a first come, first served basis to current RCW students at no charge. If you are interested, please call Holly Karicofe, registered nurse in the Mary Baldwin Health Center, at 887-7016 to arrange an appointment. If you reach her voice mail, leave a message with your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and say that you are interested in the H1N1 vaccine.

If you are under 18, you will need a consent form signed by a parent or guardian in order to receive the vaccine. The consent form can be downloaded from the Mary Baldwin Web site at https://go.marybaldwin.edu/docs/student_docs/health_fluconsentform.pdf, signed, and then faxed to the Health Center at 540-887-7289.

An information sheet on the H1N1 vaccine is available on the Web site of the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-inact-h1n1.pdf. Additional information from the CDC, the best source of current information on the H1N1 influenza, is available at https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1.

After the holiday break, watch your e-mail for more information on vaccine availabilty at that time.

Crista R. Cabe
Vice President, Public Relations