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Flu vaccine not available at Student Health Center
11 October 2004
by Sharlene Gjermundson, Student Health Center Supervisor

BISMARCK, ND - Due to a nationwide shortage of vaccine, the UTTC Student Health Center will not be able to provide flu vaccinations this year.

      As reported on the news, Chiron, a major manufacturer of flu vaccine announced that none of its vaccine would be available for distribution in the U.S. for the 2004-2005 flu season. This has reduced the expected supply by one half.

      Our local supply had come from Med Center One; supply shortages also affect them. The PHS/IHS at Fort Yates, ND says they will not have enough to cover their population either. If the State Health Department - Division of Disease Control is able to assist with a few doses, I will inform the campus.

      We are beginning to see students with flu-like symptoms. The Student Health Center will refer students with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, etc., since they have been identified as high risk. The CDC recommends sick persons stay home to prevent others from becoming ill. Please use all standard precautions to avoid the flu, including frequent hand washing. Any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at extension 1409.

Prioritized list of flu vaccine recipients as established by the Centers for Disease Control:

  1. Children age 6-to-23 months - 95% of UTTC children are covered by Medical Assistance and are eligible for vaccination through their Primary Care Provider
  2. Adults age 65 years and older
  3. Persons age 2-to-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions, diabetes, asthma, etc.
  4. All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
  5. Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  6. Children age 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy
  7. Health-care workers involved in direct patient care
  8. Out-of-home care givers and household contacts of children aged 6 months and under


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