Annual Flu Vaccine clinic – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Annual Flu Vaccine clinic

The annual influenza vaccination clinic will be held Sept. 16 and 17 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Hubbs has a limited number of shots and will begin giving the vaccine to students only, especially those with chronic illnesses or health concerns, such as diabetes, asthma or immuno-compromised people (such as those with HIV, cancer or on chemotherapeutic meds) or those without an organ (kidney or spleen).

These injections are for the seasonal flu, not the H1N1 flu.  The H1N1 vaccine is still in development and is expected to become available in mid to late October.  The vaccine we have now is for the regular, seasonal flu.  We have a limited amount of vaccine at this time, but are working closely with the Ontario County Health Department. Together, we are planning a larger influenza clinic on campus and one open to the general public.  More information will be announced when details are available.

Students getting the influenza vaccination will need to sign a consent form and will need to bring their Colleges ID and $20 cash (no charges or checks will be accepted).  While we will have several nurses available to administer injections, we do expect to have students waiting.  Our advice is to bring a book to read during the wait.  Please enter through the driveway side door at Hubbs Health Center at 5:30pm. 

Remember that to prevent the spread of the flu, wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Do not share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues; when a tissue is unavailable, cover up coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand.

For more information on the Colleges’ preparation for H1H1, go to: http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/h1n1.aspx