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Loyola continues H1N1 vaccination on Monday, Nov. 2

October 30, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans has received an initial shipment of 2,500 doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine and is vaccinating students up to age 24. Students with a valid university identification card and a driver’s license or other valid form of identification with a birthdate may be vaccinated on a first come, first serve basis in the Danna Student Center Gallery, in the basement across from Satchmo’s. There is no charge for the vaccine.

The H1N1 vaccine will be available on Monday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 3, from noon-7 p.m.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, Loyola employees and contract staff with underlying conditions such as pregnancy, asthma and other chronic diseases will be eligible for the vaccine. More information regarding the time of administration will be released next week.

Key Loyola faculty and staff members have been meeting regularly to review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health recommendations and guidelines on preventing, identifying and containing the spread of the virus. Loyola is following instructions from the Office of Public Health to immunize priority populations first, specifically people under the age of 24 and those with underlying conditions, during this first disbursement of the vaccine.

Flu-like symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills or fatigue. According to Leah Bowers, Student Health Services nurse practitioner, clinic personnel can swab to detect flu on location and can prescribe appropriate medications as needed.

Students who become symptomatic and/or test positive for H1N1 will be asked to leave campus residences and return home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If returning home is not an option, sick students will be asked to isolate themselves in their residence hall rooms until they are fever-free for 24 hours, as recommended by the CDC. Residence hall staff will coordinate with Loyola Dining Services to have meals delivered to sick students, and a nurse practitioner will be in daily contact with them to advise on self-care and self-isolation procedures.

For more information on the vaccinations, contact Student Health Services at 504-865-3326. For more information on H1N1, visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.

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