H1N1 vaccine available at UAA

The swine flu vaccination shots are popular. So popular, that the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center is out of them.

However there are still 230 doses of the nasal spray available.

“We don’t seem to be running out of nasal vaccines,” said Bette Fenn, the director of the SHCC. “There is a demand for shots, not only from our clinic, but in Anchorage.”

During the week of Nov. 9, the SHCC set up afternoon and evening clinics in the Commons and also in the athletic department in an effort to immunize as many 18-24 year olds as possible. That particular age group is a priority group due to their age and the fact that they are part of a community living population according to Fenn.

“The SHCC has made an overwhelming effort to immunize the student population first,” Fenn said.

Students under the age of 18 will have to keep an eye out for public offerings, the first of which will be offered in the UAA’s Student Union on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Including the Nov. 21 clinic, there are 13 total public clinics taking place periodically around Anchorage until the final one on Jan. 12 at Mears Middle School.

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Four of the 13 clinics will be set up at UAA.

After the Nov. 21 clinic, the following will be held on Dec. 5, 12, 19, all of them will be set up from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The last three clinic will all be held in the Cuddy Hall.

People are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 vaccine; and many people seem to have embraced the idea.

This year, the SHCC sold out of their initial shipment of 700 doses of the seasonal flu shot this year, which was a big change from the 534 doses that they administered over a 12-month period the year before Fenn said.

“So far we have dispensed 784 seasonal flu vaccines, we had an early offering of this, so most seeking H1N1 already have the seasonal,” Fenn said. “But you can receive the seasonal shot and H1N1 shot or H1N1 nasal at the same time.”

For more information on dates and times of the vaccination clinics around Anchorage, please take a look at the Municipality of Anchorage Web site.

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