VACCINATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR EMPLOYEES
Starting on Nov. 4, employees will be seen during
one-hour morning clinics at the SHS Building. These dedicated clinics
will begin at 7:30 a.m., and run every Friday through Dec. 9.
In addition, outside clinics will be scheduled
on Tuesdays and Wednesdays—mornings and afternoons—for 1.5- to 2-hour
stretches at various locations around campus. The traveling clinics
will be announced in SHS ads placed in the Daily Nexus. The cost
of the vaccination will be $15 in cash or check, says Katje.
The inoculations help protect against the New York,
New Caledonia and Jiangsu flu strains, but have no effect against
avian influenza strains. “Currently, there is no vaccine against
avian flu,” says Dr. Elizabeth Downing, newly appointed acting director
“Effective immunizations are being developed, but
there is always the risk that the virus might mutate further and
require another vaccine altogether,” she said. “There is an urgent
need for more coordination of research internationally.”
For those interested in following new developments
in the spread of avian flu, Downing suggests going to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site <www.cdc.gov
where factual updates are available.