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H1N1, seasonal flu vaccinations available on campus

Jan. 13, 2010—The topic may have fallen off the media's radar a bit, but Arizona is still experiencing high levels of flu activity.

Now that students have returned to campus, it is likely that NAU will see individual students coming down with either H1N1, seasonal flu or both. The federal Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as one in five individuals will get the flu this season.

If you haven't gotten an H1N1 vaccination or seasonal flu vaccination, consider getting one at the following flu vaccine clinic locations.

Here is an important reminder to help you prevent getting the flu during the spring semester.

For information, visit the Fronske Health Center web site, the flu information web site, or call (928) 523-6343.


Dec. 21, 2009

Fronske Health Center is now offering the H1N1 vaccine to all NAU students, employees, spouses, eligible dependents aged 18 and older, retirees and affiliate staff.

Beginning in January, clinics are being scheduled at multiple campus locations. The first clinic will be held in the Fronske Health Center modular, located north of the Fronske Health Center, Monday, Jan. 4, 2–4 p.m.

The vaccine also is available during walk-in immunization hours beginning Dec. 18, 2009 as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8–11:30 a.m. and 2–4:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday
    9 – 11:30 a.m., 2–4:30 p.m.

Coconino County Health Department is hosting a clinic in the NAU Skydome on Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This clinic will serve individuals age 6 months and up. Please note appointments are recommended. Open to walk-ins as time permits.
Call the CCHD Flu Information Line at (928) 679-7300 and toll-free at
1 (877) 679-7272. 

Additional community clinics will be scheduled by the county and updated clinic schedules will be posted on the CCHD website at coconino.az.gov/health.

Additional campus clinics will be scheduled and updates will be posted on the NAU flu web site at nau.edu/flu.  All clinics are based on vaccine availability and are subject to change.  If you happen to be insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna or United we will bill your carrier an administration fee. Otherwise there is no charge for the vaccine.

Seasonal flu vaccinations
Fronske Health Center still does not have any seasonal flu vaccine and does not anticipate having a supply any time soon. The CCHD has received a limited supply of seasonal flu vaccine. For information, call the CCHD Flu Information Line at (928) 679-7300 or toll-free at 1 (877) 679-7272 and ask your scheduling representative about appointment availability and eligibility.

Flu activity will likely increase soon
Influenza activity often increases significantly during or soon after the holiday season. Even though flu activity has been relatively low in recent weeks, both seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu viruses will likely increase in circulation during or after the holidays.


 

Dec. 4, 2009

Stay healthy for the holidays! Get your H1N1 flu vaccine

Fronske Health Center has received additional doses of the H1N1 vaccine and can now offer them to more people. The shot is free. If you happen to be insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, or United we will bill your carrier an administration fee. Otherwise there is no charge.

We are now administering the vaccination to the first priority groups:

  • All people age 24 and younger
  • Pregnant women
  • People 25-64 years with a chronic medical condition
  • chronic lung disease (including asthma)
  • other chronic diseases: heart, kidney, liver, cognitive, neurological, neuromuscular, blood or metabolic (including diabetes)
  • chronic or acute compromised immune system
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months
  • All health care and emergency services personnel
If you are a patient who fits any of these criteria you may get your H1N1 vaccination by going to the Fronske nurses station during open immunization hours. Fronske is unable to administer the vaccination to individuals who do not meet the above criteria. Information about open vaccinations will be made available as soon as it is received from the Coconino County Health Department. Open immunization hours are:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 – 11:30 a.m. and 2 – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays: 9 – 11:30 a.m. and 2 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Nov. 20, 2009

The Fronske Health Center no longer has seasonal flu vaccine available, but the Coconino County Health Department has received a limited supply of seasonal flu vaccine for specific high-risk groups. Call the health department’s Flu Information Line at (928) 679-7300, toll-free at (877) 679-7272, or go to coconino.az.gov/health for information about appointments, high-risk criteria and availability.

The Coconino County Health Department has released a very limited number of doses of H1N1 vaccine to Fronske Health Center. We have both the intranasal (LAIV Flumist) and the injectable flu shot (inactivated).  Because we have been supplied with a greater number of Flumist, those medically eligible to receive the mist will be requested to do so.  We have been notified by the county health department that we may now administer the vaccination to the first two priority groups:

  • Pregnant Women
  • All people age 24 and younger
  • People 25-64 years with a chronic medical condition
    • chronic lung disease (including asthma)
    • other chronic diseases:  heart, kidney, liver, cognitive, neurological, neuromuscular, blood or metabolic (including diabetes)
    • chronic or acute compromised immune system
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months
  • All health care and emergency services personnel

If you are a patient that fits one or more of these criteria you may get your H1N1 vaccination by going to the Fronske Nurses Station during open immunization hours. We are unable to administer the vaccination if you do not meet the above criteria. More information about open vaccinations will be made available as soon as we receive information from the Coconino County Health Department.
Open Immunization Hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Fronske Health Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.

There will be no direct patient cost for the vaccination, however if you have Blue Cross, Aetna or United Healthcare your insurance will be billed for an administration fee with no out of pocket cost.

 


 

Nov. 18, 2009

The Coconino County Health Department has released a limited number of doses of H1N1 vaccine to Fronske Health Center. The university has been directed by the county health department to only administer the vaccination to "first priority" patients, who are those with the highest risk factors to develop complications due to H1N1. The first priority patients have been defined as the following groups:

  • Pregnant women
  • People 18 years and younger with a chronic medical condition
    • chronic lung disease (including asthma)
    • other chronic diseases: heart, kidney, liver, cognitive, neurological, neuromuscular, blood or metabolic (including diabetes)
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months
  • Health care and emergency services medical workers with direct patient care

If you fit one or more of these criteria, you may get your H1N1 vaccination either by going to the Fronske Nurses Station during open immunization hours or by attending a vaccination clinic held in the Fronske Business Office Portable.

Fronske Health Center is unable to administer the vaccination if you do not meet the above criteria. More information about open vaccinations will be made available as soon as it is received from the Coconino County Health Department.

Open immunization hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Nov. 6, 2009

NAU has received a very limited supply of H1N1 vaccine and currently it is only available to pregnant women.


Nov. 2, 2009

Vaccine Availability

The web site has received many questions regarding the availability of the H1N1 vaccine.

NAU is working with the Coconino County Health Department on an almost daily basis to get the H1N1 vaccine as soon as possible. NAU will prioritize getting the vaccine out to students as by each priority group. (See the chart below.) The NAU individuals in the first priority group are health care workers and pregnant women. This is approximately 500 individuals at NAU. Once NAU receives vaccine beyond this number, vaccines will be distributed to the second priority group.

Knowing when vaccine will be delivered has been a moving target. Information will be posted to this web site as soon as available. The university has ordered large quantities of the vaccine and if received we will be conducting immunization clinics throughout the residence halls and student unions. Students are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine.


 

Sept. 28, 2009

Temporary policy will allow advanced sick time to address H1N1

Northern Arizona University will advance sick leave to faculty and staff if they are without any paid leave time balance and need to stay home due to illness. Read more.


 

View the Global Handwashing Dance




 

Sept. 15, 2009

H1N1 update

Fronske officials say washing those hands and covering your cough just might be having an impact.

Fronske Health Center is seeing four to six influenza-like illnesses a day, but there are no apparent pockets of illness anywhere on campus.  Flu vaccine clinics have been well attended by both students and staff and faculty, and more than 700 vaccines have been given to NAU community members.

Go to www.nau.edu/fronske to learn about flu vaccine clinics.


 

Sept. 9, 2009

E-Learning helps fight flu effects with electronics

Staff at e-Learning Center can help faculty use a variety of communication tools  to help ensure continuity in classes even if a high percentage of students—or faculty—get sick.

Visit www.nau.edu/elearning/about/enotes/index.php for information.

 


 

Sept. 8, 2009

New—Q & A section with answers to your questions

View all questions and answers here or view a sample below:

Question: The article states that “All university decisions will be based upon the severity of the virus and the numbers of ill individuals and will be made in conjunction with Coconino County health officials.”  How is the number of ill students to be tracked, especially if they are discouraged from going to medical facilities? Will faculty be providing this information according to the number of students who call in sick?
Answer: NAU will be tracking ill students in two ways. One is the number of sick students visiting Fronske Health Center. The second method will be through a reporting system we have implemented through our residence halls. The resident assistants will be reporting influenza-like illness within their halls. We will not be asking faculty to report specifically on absenteeism but will be working with deans and department chairs to share with health officials any anecdotal data.


Aug. 27, 2009

NAU’s swine flu campaign in full swing

The H1N1 virus—sometimes called swine flu—continues to spread across the United States, and Northern Arizona University has been working for months to contain or, perhaps, stave off any widespread outbreak on campus.

A comprehensive prevention and education campaign for the fall semester is under way and includes widespread distribution of posters promoting good hygiene, hand sanitizers installed in hundreds of locations and educational information distributed to every member of our community and parents.

The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include cough, fever, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. So far the H1N1 virus has been similar in severity to the seasonal flu. Most individuals fully recover without needing to seek medical care.

Health officials say H1N1 is so widespread that they discourage individuals with flu-like symptoms from seeking medical assistance unless they have underlying health issues or severe symptoms. Because Fronske officials may be overwhelmed with patients, they too are discouraging anyone who doesn’t need immediate medical attention from coming to the center.

The Centers for Disease Control guidelines say that sick individuals should not go to work, class or expose others until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (temperature less than 100 degrees) without the use of fever-reducing medications. To protect family members the ill individual should wear a mask around others and continually clean surfaces, clean hands and cover their cough.

NAU will follow recommendations from the CDC and the Coconino County Health Department in managing the public health issues arising from the spread of this virus.  All university decisions will be based upon the severity of the virus and the numbers of ill individuals and will be made in conjunction with Coconino County health officials.


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