Dear Campus Community,
The University has just received an allocation of the H1N1 vaccine for faculty, staff and students who are health-care workers with direct patient contact, or who are pregnant. The University is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to vaccinate people in these groups as soon as possible.
University health officials have ordered a sufficient quantity of the H1N1 vaccine for all students, faculty and staff who want to be vaccinated. As additional doses of the vaccine arrive, the University will send the campus community details about how and when people can be vaccinated. Be sure to check Alert Carolina, http://alertcarolina.unc.edu/go/site/1395, for updates about distribution of the H1N1 vaccine and for general information about the H1N1 flu.
Health-care workers with direct patient contact are defined as:
*UNC students rotating/precepting in health-care settings within the five Health Affairs schools who have direct patient contact; and
*UNC employees who are physicians, nurses or nurse's aides, or other people who work in a clinic setting and have direct patient contact, including staff in the front office.
These health-care workers and pregnant students, faculty and staff can make an appointment for any of the five clinic dates below by going to the Department of Environment, Health and Safety Web site,http://ehs.unc.edu/ueohc/h1n1flushot.shtml.
The following clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
Friday, Oct. 30: MBRB – 2nd floor lobby;
Monday, Nov. 2: Brinkhous-Bullitt - Room 219;
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Hooker - Lower Level Atrium;
Wednesday, Nov. 4: Hooker - Lower Level Atrium; and
Thursday, Nov. 5: Brinkhous-Bullitt - Room 219.
The vaccine comes in two forms: nasal spray and shot. Because the University has received significantly more nasal spray than shots, we ask that all those who qualify for the spray be willing to get that form of the vaccine so that more of our students and employees can be vaccinated. You will find information about the two different forms of the vaccine and the one that is right for you on the CDC Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm.
There will be no out-of-pocket expense for students or employees who have the following insurance coverage: the State Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Partners; Aetna; Humana Gold; SummaCare; Advantra Freedom; or Medicare Part B. However, you must bring your insurance card and a photo ID to the clinic. If you are not insured with any of these companies, you can still get a flu shot, but you will have to pay an administrative fee of $12 (cash or check). The fee is paid to an outside health-care agency for the nurses and other staff providing the vaccination service, not to the University.
Mary Beth Koza
Director of the Department of Environment, Health and SafetyConnect with Carolina