H1N1 vaccine available soon for high priority groups

According to an e-mail from John Porter, director of the Center of Health, to the UVM community, the University is in the process of making H1N1 vaccinations available to high-priority groups on campus — including students, faculty and staff under the age of 24, pregnant women, persons between the ages of 25 and 64 with pre-existing medical conditions, and students engaged in clinical care. While UVM is working on providing enough vaccinations for the entire University community, the amount of supplies arrives at our health facilities in limited numbers. “Early in the course of receiving our allotment of doses from the Vermont Department of Health, we expect to receive vaccine batches of varying size and at potentially irregular intervals,” Porter said. As the vaccine becomes available, the Center of Health will notify students of the times and locations of clinics via e-mail.In the meantime, Porter recommends that students keep up the hygienic practice of hand washing and maintain proper cough and sneeze etiquette.