H1N1 Flu Update #4

September 24, 2009

Update #4

As part of the Crisis Committee’s effort to keep you informed on the latest developments and information, here is another H1N1 Flu Update.  In issue #4, you will find information on the following areas:

  • H1N1 Campus Health Information Line Launched
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine for Students
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine for Faculty and Staff
  • Reminder about the Mandatory Vaccinations
  • Update on H1N1 Vaccine Availability

You may also check the University’s emergency preparedness site at http://www.creighton.edu/emergencypreparedness/ or call the H1N1 Campus Health Information Line at 280-1800.

Tanya Winegard
Crisis Response Planning Committee Chair

 

H1N1 Campus Health Information Line (280-1800): The Crisis Committee is pleased to announce that the H1N1 Campus Health Information Line has been created for faculty, staff, students and their families. By calling 280-1800, community members have access to current information and are directed to campus resources.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine for Students: A Shoo the Flu at CU clinic sponsored by the Center for Health and Counseling is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 1 – 6 p.m. in Harper Center, room 2066. Shoo the Flu at CU clinics are also scheduled from October through December in various campus locations. Find out more about this effort at http://www.creighton.edu/chc

Seasonal Flu Vaccine for Faculty and Staff: Targeted efforts are underway to reach high density health care worker populations. About 800 workers will need to get their mandatory vaccinations by Dec.1, 2009.

We also realize the general employee population is also anxious to get their vaccine.  To meet this need, additional no-cost employee flu shot dates have been added:

  1. Oct.1 –Skutt Student Center, Room 105 - 8 a.m. - noon
  2. Oct 5 - Skutt Student Center, Room 105 – noon - 4 p.m. 
  3. Oct. 12 – Benefits Fair – CUMC Becic Dining Room - 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     
  4. Oct. 13 – CU Benefits Fair – Harper Center Ballroom - 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  5. Oct.26 -  Skutt Student Center – Room 104 – 8:a.m. – noon.
  6. Oct. 27 – Harper Center – Room 3029 – noon. – 4 p.m.      
  7. Oct. 28 – CUMC Dining Room D – noon. – 4 p.m.

We are committed to offering the seasonal flu shot to employees who wish to get one on campus free-of-charge while vaccine is available.   However, if dates do not work for your schedule, medical plan recipients are covered 100 percent if they choose to receive the vaccine through other sources.

Mandatory Vaccinations: As previously announced (Required Vaccination Memo), the President’s Cabinet has accepted the Crisis Committee’s recommendation that all University health care and child care employees and students placed in clinical health care settings are required to be vaccinated for seasonal and H1N1 influenza at University expense by DECEMBER 1, 2009.  The form to declare that requirement is available here.

H1N1 Flu Vaccine Availability and Eligibility:  The H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available in mid-October. The following update was issued by the Centers for Disease Control on September 21, 2009:

When vaccine is first available, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended the 2009 H1N1 vaccine for the following five target groups (approximately 159 million persons nationally):

  • Pregnant women
  • Household and caregiver contacts of children younger than six months of age (e.g. parents, siblings, and daycare providers)
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel
  • Persons from 6 months through 24 years of age
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions associated with a higher risk of influenza complications

The CDC states that once providers meet the demand for vaccine among persons in these initial target groups, vaccination is recommended for all persons 25 through 64 years of age. Current studies indicate that the risk for infection among persons age 65 or older is less than the risk for younger age groups. However, once vaccine demand among younger age groups has been met, programs and providers should offer vaccination to people 65 or older.