October 30, 2009
Dear Members of the Vassar College Community,
The first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C) have begun to be distributed in New York State, and we are pleased to announce that the Vassar College Health Service has now obtained a limited number of H1N1 flu vaccine doses. The production of H1N1 vaccine, however, has encountered delays and large amounts of vaccine are not expected to be available in New York until mid-November or later.
Our initial H1N1 vaccine doses will be given to the following students based on the priority recommendations of the New York State Health Department and the C.D.C.:
- Students with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung problems, compromised immune systems, etc., that can put them at risk for complications from the flu.
- Students working with or caring for young children at the Wimpheimer Nursery School or the Infant & Toddler Center.
- Student E.M.T.'s and those working as first responders or volunteering to work in hospitals.
- Students living with others who have chronic medical conditions or have chronically ill family at home.
Date: Monday, November 2nd
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Room in the College Center
We will continue to keep you informed about the status of seasonal and H1N1 influenza and about vaccine availability.
Irena T. Balawajder, M.D.
Vassar College Health Service