November 12, 2009

Health center sets H1N1 vaccine clinic for students

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Health Center has its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine and students within specific higher-risk groups can receive the vaccine at a flu clinic on Friday, Nov. 13.

The clinic is just the first of many planned as the health center anticipates regular vaccine shipments in coming weeks. The Student Health Center will continually update its Web site ( and Facebook page ( with information about future H1N1 immunization clinics, times and locations.

Friday’s clinic will run from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Student Health Center Auditorium.

Here are the SIUC students who are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time:

• Any student 24 years of age or younger.

• Pregnant women.

• Those who live with or care for infants under six months of age.

• Health care and emergency medical personnel

• Anyone age 25-64 with certain chronic medical conditions that weaken their immune system.

The vaccine is free to SIUC students if administered at an outreach flu clinic. Just bring your student identification and driver’s license. As more H1N1 vaccine arrives and the recommended groups have had their opportunity for vaccination, the H1N1 vaccination clinics will expand to include all students.

Those choosing to make an appointment at another time with a provider at the Student Health Center for their vaccine will incur a $6 front door fee.

Faculty and staff meeting high-risk population criteria may receive an H1N1 vaccine at the Jackson County Health Department on Saturday, Nov. 14, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit the health department Web site at to verify eligibility and confirm flu clinic schedules, as they are subject to change.

Even Grey Dawg is jumping on the bandwagon. The Saluki mascot got his flu shot recently as you can see in the video posted at (click on the Greg Dawg button or the YouTube button.)

For more information about the H1N1 vaccination clinic or seasonal flu vaccinations, students may call 618/453-3311 or e-mail