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Free Flu Shots at Auburn University

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AUBURN -  Auburn University has received its first shipments of H1N1 vaccine, and will be holding an H1N1 flu vaccination clinic Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 2223 Student Center. This clinic is being provided to students, employees and dependents at no cost. Additional clinics will be announced as they are scheduled.

Unless you have had a laboratory-confirmed case of H1N1 flu, the Alabama Department of Public Health recommends you get vaccinated (either with nasal spray or with injectable vaccine, once available). The vaccine received by Auburn University so far is nasal spray vaccine (live attenuated influenza virus). Injectable vaccine has been requested, but quantities and timing of delivery are uncertain at this time.

Who should get the nasal spray vaccine?

The nasal spray vaccine is approved for people from 2 through 49 years of age who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people ages 2 to 24 years of age be among the first to get the vaccine, as this age group has been the most affected by the disease. Auburn University will only administer this vaccine to people from age 10 to age 49.

Who should NOT get the nasal spray vaccine?

According to the CDC, the following people should NOT get the nasal spray vaccine:
- Those with a severe allergy to egg or other ingredient in the vaccine;
- Pregnant women;
- Anyone with a weakened immune system;
- Anyone with a long-term health problem such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney or liver disease, metabolic disease such as diabetes, or anemia or other blood disorders;
- Individuals on medications that might suppress the immune system, including medications used for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, allergies (including Enbrel, Remicade or Humira); medications used after transplant; chemotherapy used for cancer; etc.;
- Children younger than 5 years with asthma or one or more episodes of wheezing during the past year;
- Anyone with certain muscle or nerve disorders (such as cerebral palsy) that can lead to breathing or swallowing problems;
- Anyone in close contact with a person with a severely weakened immune system (requiring care in a protected environment, such as a bone marrow transplant unit);
- Children or adolescents on long-term aspirin treatment.

If you have a mild cold or other illness, there is usually no need to wait to get the vaccine.

Each person who comes to the vaccination clinic will have the opportunity to discuss benefits and risks of the vaccine, and will be required to sign a consent form prior to administration of the vaccine.

Please bring a list of your medications with you to the screening so a healthcare provider can discuss whether the live vaccine is an option for you. Any questions regarding the vaccine, vaccination clinic, or Auburn University's flu response should be sent to emergencymanagement@auburn.edu.

Source: Auburn University

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