Update on H1N1 Flu Shot Availability

November 25, 2009

To the University community:

H1N1 flu is now widespread in New Jersey and approximately 200 cases have occurred on campus.

The primary defense against H1N1 is vaccination. The University has administered over 2,000 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine and has additional vaccine available. We will continue to offer H1N1 flu shots to our campus membership and now will include family members of MSU students, faculty and staff that belong to one of the target groups. All target group family members including children age 6 months and older are eligible to receive a flu shot. Family members include immediate relatives i.e. children, siblings, parents or a spouse/partner of a community member that fall within one of the target groups listed below. Pediatric dosing is available.

An H1N1 Flu Clinic will be held December 2, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the University Health Center in Blanton Hall for MSU students, faculty, staff and eligible family members. No appointment is necessary.

There is no charge for the vaccine. Individuals under age 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The vaccine is available only to target populations. H1N1 shots cannot be provided to non target group members until the State grants approval to do so. Target populations include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • All students, faculty, or staff age 17 through 24 years of age
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

A list of these conditions can be found at: www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/highrisk.htm

The vaccine has been proven to be as safe and effective as seasonal flu shots and we strongly urge those within target groups to consider vaccination. The potential for H1N1 infection and complications far outweighs the risk of a rare side effect from the vaccine.

Please visit www.montclair.edu/flu for further details, and other campus flu updates. As the influenza season progresses, we suggest everyone monitor the University website for flu updates, use proper hand washing and cough hygiene, and to stay home if ill. These actions, along with vaccination, will greatly reduce the spread of both seasonal and H1N1 influenza.

Sincerely,

Paul M. Cell
Chief of Police
Incident Commander
Pandemic Response Team
Donna M. Barry
Director, University Health Center
Deputy Incident Commander
Pandemic Response Team