December 11, 2009
To the University community:
H1N1 flu continues to be widespread in New Jersey but fortunately the rate of flu on campus has diminished significantly. We do expect however that we will continue to see cases through the winter and anticipate another surge of illness in the late spring.
The University will continue to offer H1N1 flu shots to our campus membership and their families in an effort to further mitigate the rate of illness next semester. Only individuals that fall into one of the target populations listed below may receive the vaccine at this time. H1N1 shots cannot be provided to non target group members until the State grants approval to do so. Family members include immediate relatives i.e. children, siblings, parents or a spouse/partner of a community member. Pediatric dosing is available. 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: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/highrisk.htm
The H1N1 Flu Clinic will be held December 15, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Ballrooms of the Student Center. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for the vaccine. Individuals under age 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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.
|Paul M. Cell|
Chief of Police
Pandemic Response Team
|Donna M. Barry|
Director, University Health Center
Deputy Incident Commander
Pandemic Response Team