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Loyola offers free H1N1 vaccine

February 5, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans recently received communication from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals lifting all restrictions on who can receive the H1N1 vaccine. Thus, the vaccination has opened up to anyone who wants it. The vaccine is the best way to protect against the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus. The Centers for Disease Control continues to encourage those at highest risk from flu complications to seek the seasonal flu vaccine and to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, as recommended.

The H1N1 vaccine will be available free of charge to Loyola students, faculty and staff beginning this Friday, Feb. 5, in Student Health Services between 1 - 4 p.m. Student Health Services is located on the basement level of the Danna Student Center. There is no charge for the vaccine and the vaccine will be administered on a walk-in, first-come first-served basis. All Loyola community members must show a valid university identification card in order to receive the vaccine.

Flu-like symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills or fatigue. Student Health Services 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.

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