Purdue awaits more H1N1 vaccine
So far, the university has received no word of when to expect additional vaccine and does not know who will qualify for the next shipment. Because of the limited supply, only those in top priority groups have been eligible for vaccines so far. The priority guidelines for the current vaccine supply will be set by the Tippecanoe County Health Department based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those who were previously considered top priority included the following:
* Pregnant women.
* Caregivers for children younger than 6 months.
* University health-care and emergency medical personnel.
* Individuals with underlying health conditions that put them at risk for complications of flu-related illness.
Individuals considered to be at risk are those who have: cancer, blood disorders, chronic lung disease (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver disorders, neurological or neuromuscular disorders, or otherwise weakened immune systems.
The university is providing vaccinations for students, faculty, staff and spouses of employees. Full-time students will not be charged for vaccinations. Others will be assessed a $12 administrative fee, which will be reimbursed for individuals covered by a Purdue medical insurance plan.
Individuals may call the Student Health Center's Urgent Care Unit at 765-494-1724 to determine if they have a qualifying health condition.
When more vaccine is available, it will be provided from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Purdue Student Health Center.