The H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Vaccine: What You Should Know
As a part of New York City College of Technology’s on-going effort to keep you informed with the latest information regarding H1N1, we have provided below new information from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health (DOH) regarding the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine.
According to the CDC, the U.S. government has purchased over 250 million doses of H1N1 vaccine, so everyone who wishes to receive a dose will likely have an opportunity to do so. Initially, however, until enough vaccine has been manufactured and distributed, vaccination efforts will focus first on people in five target groups who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 influenza or related complications, are likely to come in contact with influenza viruses as part of their occupation and could transmit influenza viruses to others in medical care settings, or are close contacts of infants younger than 6 months (who are too young to be vaccinated). The five target groups are:
• pregnant women,
• people who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months (e.g., parents, siblings,
and day care providers),
• health care and emergency medical services personnel,
• people 6 months through 24 years of age, and,
• people 25 years through 64 years of age who have certain medical conditions that put them at
higher risk for influenza-related complications.
After demand in these high risk groups has been met, vaccinations will proceed with everyone ages 25-64, and then those who are 65 years or older. You may learn more information about the H1N1 vaccine at the following website:
Where to get vaccinated for H1N1 and Seasonal Flu:
For additional information or to find out where you can get either the seasonal flu shot or H1N1 flu shot, call the toll-free NYC Department of Health's Flu Vaccination Information Line at 311. You may also search for flu clinic convenient to you and find more information on H1N1 in New York City on the following website: www.nyc.gov/flu.
Prevention is Your Best Defense
To reduce your risk of infection and prevent the transmission of H1N1, seasonal influenza and other airborne respiratory illnesses, follow these three simple steps:
• Always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough into shoulder
or sleeve. Do not cough or sneeze into bare hands. Promptly throw tissue in trash.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based cleaners, especially after
you cough or sneeze.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
If you get sick with a fever accompanied by a sore throat, stay home from work or school for 24 hrs after your fever subsides and limit contact with others to avoid infecting them.
Also, CUNY has compiled an extensive web page that adds to this information:
The Student Wellness Center is available to answer questions about H1N1and any other health-related matter. The Center can be reached at (718) 260-5910 and is located in Pearl 104. We will post more information as it becomes available.
Please continue to check the City Tech website for updated information.