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October 21st, 2009

Dear UAlbany Student:

The University Health Center has scheduled two H1N1 flu vaccination clinics for Thursday, October 29th from noon – 6:00pm and Friday, October 30th from 10:00am – 4:00pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. If you wish to receive the H1N1 vaccine, you MUST PRE-REGISTER for these clinics through myUAlbany (www.albany.edu/myualbany). Registration for these clinics is now open.

In order to register, click on “campus life” along the top, then “campus involvement” on the lower left hand side, and select “event selection.” You will then be able to select a time slot to receive your vaccination. Once you register, you will be billed $15 on your student account and will not be able to change your registration. Additional clinics will also be held in the coming weeks and I will advise you on those as dates are finalized.

If you have an underlying medical condition which might include diabetes, neuromuscular disorders, chronic lung disease including asthma, immunosuppressive disorders, chronic aspirin therapy, chronic heart conditions, or pregnancy and wish to receive the vaccine ahead of the scheduled clinics, please contact the University Health Center for an H1N1 vaccine appointment at 518-442-5229.

Public health officials have indicated that individuals born after 1968 have NO IMMUNITY to the H1N1 influenza. Additionally, more than half (53%) of hospitalizations due to H1N1 complications have been among those 24 years of age or younger. I urge you to visit the University’s H1N1 website at www.albany.edu/h1n1 where you can find answers to common concerns regarding the H1N1 vaccine. I also urge you to talk with your parents/guardians about the vaccine before registering.

Finally, the previously scheduled Seasonal Flu Vaccine clinic has been moved from November 3rd to November 11th. Please visit the University Health Center website for more details at http://www.albany.edu/health_center.

As always, should you have any questions, please contact the University Health Center at askuhc@uamail.albany.edu.

Sincerely,

Peter Vellis, DO
Medical Director
University Health Center