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Purdue administers flu vaccine allotment, awaits next shipment

flu-vaccineWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Student Health Center administered 347 doses of H1N1 vaccine Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 27 and 28) and is now awaiting new shipments, which are expected next Wednesday (Nov. 4).

The university is providing vaccinations for students, faculty, staff and spouses of employees. Because of the limited supply, only those in top priority groups were eligible for vaccines this week. The priority guidelines for next week will be set by the Tippecanoe County Health Department based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those who were considered top priority this week included the following:

  • Pregnant women.
  • Caregivers for children younger than 6 months.
  • University health-care and emergency medical personnel.
  • Individuals with underlying health conditions that put them at risk for complications of flu-related illness.

Individuals considered to be at risk are those who have: cancer, blood disorders, chronic lung disease (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver disorders, neurological or neuromuscular disorders, or otherwise weakened immune systems.

Full-time students will not be charged for vaccinations. Others will be assessed a $12 administrative fee, which will be reimbursed for individuals covered by a Purdue medical insurance plan.

Individuals may call the Student Health Center’s Urgent Care Unit at 765-494-1724 to determine if they have a qualifying health condition.

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