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Loyola offers H1N1 vaccination to employees

November 6, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans received an initial shipment of 2,500 doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine and has been vaccinating students since Friday, Oct. 30. Starting Nov. 4, Loyola began offering vaccinations to select employees and contract staff, ages 25-64, who meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control.

Employees with underlying conditions or chronic diseases such as asthma, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease, cancer or immunosuppression; pregnant women; caregivers of infants less than six months old; and healthcare and emergency medical service workers will be eligible for the vaccine.

Students over age 24 who meet the above requirements may also be vaccinated. Students under 24 will continue to be eligible to receive the vaccine, since they are a priority population identified by the CDC. All Loyola community members must show a valid university identification card in order to receive the vaccine. There is no cost to receive the vaccine.

The H1N1 vaccine will be available Monday, Nov. 9, from 5-7 p.m., at the Danna Student Center Art Gallery.

Key Loyola faculty and staff members have been meeting regularly to review CDC 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 their instructions to immunize priority populations first. The Loyola community will be notified when employees who do not meet the above conditions may obtain 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 and employees who become symptomatic and/or test positive for H1N1 will be asked to leave campus 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 CDC Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.

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