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March 12, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo.- Along with the American College Health Association (ACHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Northwest is strongly encouraging students to get vaccinated for H1N1 prior to spring break travel to prevent the virus from spreading on our campus.
In the spring of 2009, the CDC saw the spread of H1N1 result in illnesses following travel associated with spring break. With the start of Northwest's spring break on March 19 and large numbers of students expected to travel domestically and internationally, getting vaccinated against H1N1 is especially important.
The Northwest Wellness Center has a limited supply of H1N1 vaccine for students and it is available free of charge. Students should schedule appointments to get vaccinated by calling 660.562.1348 during normal operating hours.
Although flu activity has declined in recent weeks, H1N1 viruses continue to spread in the United States and abroad, causing illness, hospitalization and even deaths. Recently several colleges and universities have reported increased influenza activity on their campuses.
Flu activity is difficult to predict, but experts at the CDC expect flu activity - caused by the H1N1 or seasonal flu viruses - will continue for weeks, and parts of the world may see outbreaks.
In addition to getting vaccinated, the CDC recommends theses steps to help protect against the spread of the flu and other illnesses during spring break:
Spring break is a time for rest, relaxation and fun with friends and family. Take the opportunity to get vaccinated before leaving for spring break to protect yourself, your friends and your family against H1N1.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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