FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine For Influenza Available To UF Students, Faculty And Staff At No Charge

Published: December 12th, 2003

Category: Memos

Phillip Barkley, M.D., Director, Student Health Care Center

The Student Health Care Center (SHCC) has depleted 10,000 doses of injectable flu vaccine earlier this week. In light of the growing numbers of influenza cases across the country and the shortage of injectable vaccine, the SHCC is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of doses of FluMist Nasal Spray vaccine at NO CHARGE for UF students, faculty and staff.

This vaccine was made available free to the UF campus through a special program from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Please encourage students, faculty, and staff that have not as yet received their influenza vaccination to consider this nasal spray alternative. Be aware that FDA has approved FluMist, which is a live attenuated influenza virus, for healthy persons between the ages of 5-49. Persons with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, or hypertension CANNOT safely take this vaccine. In addition, persons should not take FluMist if they have immune deficiency conditions (cancer treatment, HIV, etc.), or if they have contact with patients that have immune deficiency conditions. For more specific information on who can safely take this form of the vaccine and who should not, visit http://www.health.ufl.edu/shcc/flu.htm>.

The SHCC will be offering FluMist in Room 242 of the Reitz Union from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 and Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 15-17.

FluMist will also be available to UF students at the SHCC Immunization Clinic in Room 138 until the supply is depleted.

Should you have additional questions about this program, please call 392-1161 ext. 4217.

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