U.Va. to Hold Immunization Clinic for Students on Thursday

Nov. 27, 2007 — The University of Virginia will hold a second immunization clinic for all students on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Room 168.

In addition to offering immunizations for influenza, meningitis and hepatitis B, other vaccinations are available for students who have not completed their required vaccinations and have a block on their records.

The available vaccines and their costs are:

• Influenza: $25
• Meningitis: $110
• Hepatitis B: $70.00 for each dose (three-dose series)
• M/M/R (measles, mumps and rubella): $45
• Tetanus: $30
• TDap (tetanus and whooping cough): $50
• Twinrix: $110 for each dose (three-dose series)
• Hepatitis A: $70 for each dose (two-dose series)
• Gardasil: $150 for each dose (three-dose series)

Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card. Chickering Group insurance is also accepted.

College students are at higher risks of contracting Influenza ("the flu"), meningitis, and hepatitis B than the general population. University officials notified parents of University of Virginia students of the opportunity for students to receive vaccination at the upcoming immunization program.

Influenza is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract. Most people who get influenza recover in a few days, but some people become much sicker and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, including pneumonia.

In addition to the injectable form, influenza vaccine also is available in a live, intranasal form. This form of the vaccine must be reserved by calling Intravene. More information may be found at www.intravene.net/uva.

Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord that can lead to infection of the blood, serious disability or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outbreaks of meningitis have increased in recent years, especially in school and campus settings. Infection is spread through direct contact (kissing, sharing a drink) or airborne droplets (coughing, sneezing).

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and death. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and body fluids. Modes of transmission are through sexual contact, repeatedly sharing an infected person’s razor, toothbrush or earrings, contact sports, and through tattooing and body piercing. The Hepatitis B virus can be up to 100 times more contagious than the AIDS virus. Also available is a combination vaccine called TWINRIX, which offers vaccination against Hepatitis A as well as Hepatitis B. This is particularly helpful for thse planning to travel overseas, as vaccination against Hepatitis A is usually recommended for travel. For those who have already been immunized against Hepatitis B, the Hepatitis A vaccine will be available as well.

Immunization Regimens:

* Hepatitis B - The immunization regimen consists of three doses of vaccine given according to the following schedule: first dose at elected date; second dose one month later; and third dose six months after first dose.

* Hepatitis A and B (Twinrix) – The immunization regimen consists of three doses of vaccine given according to the following schedule: first dose at elected date; second dose one month later; and third dose six months after first dose.

* Hepatitis A – The immunization regimen consists of two doses of vaccine given according to the following schedule: first dose at elected time; and second dose six months later.

* HPV Vaccine – Gardasil - The immunization regimen consists of three doses of vaccine given according to the following schedule: first dose at elected date; second dose two months later; and third dose six months after first dose.

For information call Intravene at (800) 272-3900, ext. 2172, or visit Intravene’s Web site at www.intravene.net/uva.