MU Student Health Center cancels seasonal flu clinics this week

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The MU Student Health Center has canceled its scheduled seasonal flu clinics this week because of a shortage of the vaccine.

According to the health center's Web site, it has a limited supply of the seasonal flu vaccine, so students are encouraged to call the center and schedule an appointment to get vaccinated.

Pamela Roe, a student health center spokeswoman, said they have about 100 doses left.

“There was no need to go out and set up an outreach clinic,” she said.

She said the health center ordered more doses than last year. It isn't ordering seasonal flu vaccine anymore because production has stopped, Roe said.

The seasonal flu vaccine costs $25 for students with a valid student ID. The fee can be charged to student accounts.

Next week’s clinics have not been canceled yet, but they'll be canceled if the H1N1 vaccine isn't available to students by then.

"We have our fingers crossed that we will have H1N1, but we don’t know until Friday,” Roe said.

Students can check the health center's Web site for updates about the clinics and about H1N1 vaccine information.

There is not an estimated time when students will be able to get the H1N1 vaccine. It is limited to narrow target groups, including pregnant women, young children and people with chronic illnesses.

Geni Alexander, a spokeswoman for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, said restrictions will be lifted when the department believes it has done a good enough job with the narrow groups.

“When we do expand to those broader priority groups, students will be able to get the vaccine,” Alexander said.

The student health center will give the H1N1 vaccine for free when it becomes available.

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