The following notice was e-mailed to University of Virginia students on Sept. 3:
Date: September 3, 2009
From: James C. Turner, M.D. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
To: University of Virginia Students
Subject: Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available to Students
The Department of Student Health has received doses of SEASONAL flu vaccine (not H1N1, Swine Flu vaccine). Because certain people should be vaccinated early each year, either because they are at high risk for serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for high-risk persons, Student Health has determined the priority for vaccine administration as follows:
1. People who have underlying chronic medical conditions that pre-dispose them to influenza complications (asthma, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic bronchitis, a weakened immune system, and pregnant women). If you have a chronic health condition, you should be among the first to get a flu shot every year.
2. People who live with or care for people with high risk of severe medical complications due to a chronic illness as listed above.
3. Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months.
Effective Monday, September 7, you can self-schedule an appointment in the Immunization Clinic at the Student Health Center by going to https://healthyhoos.virginia.edu/ and choosing "Immunization appointments." You may also receive flu vaccine during an appointment you may have already scheduled with your health care provider.
Medical and Nursing Students: You will be notified by separate e-mail about the plan for your flu vaccine.
The general student body is encouraged to participate in the Annual Flu and Immunization Clinic on November 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. Thereafter, you can self-schedule by scheduling an immunization appointment as described above.
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Lampkin approved distribution of this message.