U of A H1N1 clinics set for Dec 2–4
On-campus H1N1 flu vaccination clinics will be held next week for all students and staff, following word from Alberta Health Services that the university will be provided a supply of the H1N1 vaccine.
The University Health Centre, working closely with the Faculty of Nursing, Human Resource Services and the Students’ Union, will hold a vaccination “blitz” over three days—Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Dec 2, 3, 4)—in the alumni room in SUB. Clinic times are 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. on each of the three days.
The university will receive two variants of the vaccine with which to immunize the campus community. As a result, healthy individuals, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals will all have access to the H1N1 vaccine.
The clinics will be open only to staff and students but not to family members because of the set amount of vaccine the university is receiving. Public clinics run by Alberta Health Services are again open across Edmonton and available to every Alberta resident. Any family member of staff and students can access the H1N1 flu shot that way.
Staff and students will be asked to identify themselves (for example, with their ONEcard or equivalent) before receiving the vaccination, as well as providing an Alberta health care number (or the equivalent).
To help facilitate the efficient operation of the three-day vaccination blitz, please try to avoid either choosing to show up first thing on the first day, or leaving it to the last day. You can also help speed things up by ensuring you bring the proper documentation, as above, and if possible wearing short sleeved clothing.
Please note that the university’s clinics next week will only administer the H1N1 flu vaccination, not the vaccination for seasonal flu. Administering both shots at the same time, while possible, creates logistical challenges and strain on the resources the university has to administer blitz vaccination clinics. Those individuals seeking the seasonal flu shot are invited to attend the University health Centre (2-200 SUB) where the seasonal shot is currently available to all staff and students.
For more information about H1N1, including how to help protect yourself and your family, information regarding the campus H1N1 influenza clinics and links to public flu clinics in the Edmonton area, please visit www.H1N1.ualberta.ca.