University Sets H1N1 Flu Shot Clinics for All Employees

January 07, 2010

UPDATED Jan. 27: Added new Feb. 3 clinic.
UPDATED Feb. 2: Change starting time of Feb. 3 clinic to 10:30 a.m., due to weather forecast.

January 7, 2010 — Beginning Monday, employees of the University of Virginia's Academic Division will have eight opportunities in the next four weeks to be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus.

The University recently received a new supply of injectable vaccine, said Anne Broccoli, director of faculty and staff benefits at University Human Resources. The clinics were scheduled quickly, and e-mail notices to employees were expected to go out late this week.

Seven vaccination clinics are scheduled:

• Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room.

• Wednesday from 7 to 10 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 pm. in the Facilities Management lunchroom.

• Thursday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Fontaine Research Park at 515 Ray C. Hunt Drive, room 2318.

• Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carruthers Hall conference room E.

• Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in University Hall's north lobby.

• Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Printing and Copying Services.

• Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room.

• Feb. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jordan Hall, rooms G1 and G2.

The vaccines are free of charge and are available to all Academic Division employees, including wage and temporary staff.

Though the incidence of influenza-like illness has waned in the past two months, the H1N1 virus was still classified as circulating at widespread levels as of the first week of January, said Dr. Lilian Peake, director of the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

She warned that it "would not be unusual" to experience another wave of illnesses, noting that at the fall flu peak, only about a third of sufferers tested positive for H1N1 flu. Many had no test at all.

Even those who think they might have had H1N1 should get the vaccine, Peake said. "It's possible they had H1N1, but unless they had a confirmatory test, you can't be sure," she said.

— By Dan Heuchert