December 17, 2009

Health center offering free H1N1 vaccinations

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- With a large shipment of H1N1 vaccine now in hand, the Student Health Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is offering free vaccinations to any adult member of the campus community.

The Illinois Department of Public Health lifted restrictions targeting the vaccine to various categories of the population so now any student, faculty member, staff, alumni or adult family members can get the vaccine.

Unlike the usual outreach clinics, the Student Health Center will offer immunizations only by appointment on Friday, Dec. 18, and Monday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Immunizations will be available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. To make an appointment, call 618/453-3311.

In addition, if there are larger groups of 10-20 or more of students or University employees that would like to get vaccinated, Student Health Center personnel may be able to administer the vaccine for them where they are on campus, according to Dr. Ted Grace, director of the Student Health Center. Call 618/453-3311 for more information if interested.