As an official state provider site for H1N1 flu vaccinations, Montclair State University began vaccinating members of the University community on November 9 at the first of five scheduled flu clinics to be held at the Student Center Ballrooms. The vaccinations are being administered free of charge to Montclair State students, faculty, and staff who are in one of the target groups that governmental agencies have determined should be receiving the initial supplies of the vaccine.
The target groups include people who are between 6 months and 24 years of age, pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from the flu. A more detailed description of the groups is available at H1N1 Information.
Staffed by medical and non-medical volunteers under the leadership of the University’s Pandemic Response Team, the clinics are scheduled to be held daily from November 9 through November 13. Those planning to be vaccinated are reminded to bring their Montclair State ID card with them since the clinics are open only to members of the University community.
“Many people have worked very hard to make the H1N1 vaccine available to the campus community through these clinics,” said Montclair State University Chief of Police and Pandemic Response Team Incident Commander Paul Cell. “We are in full operation and everyone in the University community who is a member of a target group is welcome to visit one of the clinics.”
The University’s Flu Web site has a wealth of information on the H1N1 flu and is a good place to visit for those who are undecided about whether or not to be vaccinated. “I’d encourage everyone to check the site often for information and updates,” said Donna Barry, director of the University Health Center and Deputy Incident Commander for the Pandemic Response Team. “I’d especially recommend the document on the site titled ‘Fact or Fiction’ for those who are undecided about being vaccinated.”
Complete information about the clinics including hours of operation and further explanation of the target groups is available at H1N1 Information.
See more photos from the first clinic.