Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Flu vaccine more widely available through UHS

University Health Service has received fresh supplies of both the H1N1 vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine and will open up its flu clinics this week to a wider range of patients.

UHS expects to have more than 4,200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine available before the semester break and that will allow the on-campus health service to offer flu clinics to U-M students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with university, according to Dr. Robert Ernst, UHS medical director. That’s almost double the number of doses UHS has administered so far this fall.

Those seeking the H1N1 vaccine, however, still must meet criteria set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those guidelines specify the H1N1 vaccine for:

• Anyone 10-24 years of age.

• Currently pregnant women.

• Those who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age.

• Anyone 25-64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma and diabetes) or a weakened immune system. Check the CDC Web site for details.

There is no cost for the H1N1 vaccine for currently enrolled U-M students. The cost for others is $28. UHS will bill most insurance plans or patients may pay by credit card, debit card or check at time of service.

Clinics are scheduled for dates between Dec. 9 and Dec. 17 at UHS and other locations. To schedule a vaccination appointment online and for more information, go to the UHS Web site.

In addition, the CDC strongly recommends both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine for people who plan to travel soon, whether domestically or internationally.

Seasonal flu vaccine is again available at UHS. The cost for that vaccine is $42 for everyone. To schedule a vaccination appointment online and for more information, see www.uhs.umich.edu/fluvaccination.