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Purdue receives additional H1N1 vaccine

flu-vaccineWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Student Health Center dispensed 147 doses of H1N1 vaccine Wednesday (Oct. 28) and has just received an additional 200 doses that will be available to students, faculty, staff and employee spouses beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 29).

Because of the limited supply, only those in top priority groups are eligible. They include

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

There is no charge for full-time students. Others will be assessed a $12 administrative fee, which will be reimbursed for individuals covered by a Purdue medical insurance plan.

Priority groups are set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tippecanoe County Health Department. 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.

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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