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Not too late to vaccinate:H1N1 shot recommended before spring break departure
Amanda Hodge
Antelope Staff

It is not too late.  Those traveling should consider receiving a H1N1 vaccination before leaving for spring break.

Cindy Shultz, associate director of counseling and health care has noted in the past several weeks a gradual increase in the number of H1N1 cases has been reported nationwide.  “With spring break coming up, we know that many students, faculty and staff will be traveling, and we would encourage you to come to UNK Health Care for your free H1N1 vaccination if you have not yet done so,” Shultz said.

2009 H1N1 (sometimes called “swine flu”) was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009.  This virus has spread to the point that on June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared H1N1 as a worldwide pandemic.  Unfortunately, the 2009 pandemic is spreading into the 2010 year.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the United States is experiencing another wave of H1N1 influenza this year.

As a result of this second wave of flu, it is recommended people receive the influenza vaccination.  Currently there are over 150,000 sites where the vaccination can be distributed; one of them includes our UNK Health Care center.

Shultz reminds both students and faculty that when a person is traveling they come in contact with many different people and could potentially be spreading the virus at a fast rate. H1N1 is not a virus to take lightly. In the first six months of the H1N1 epidemic 3,900 people died from this form of influenza.  This spring break, protect yourself and those around you, get vaccinated.


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