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Flu Mist Vaccine Still Available at Student Health Services PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 30, 2009
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   
HATTIESBURG, Miss. Members of the Southern Miss community can still take advantage of the H1N1 flu mist vaccine by visiting the Student Health Services clinic on the Hattiesburg campus. The mist vaccine is free to Southern Miss students, faculty and staff with a photo ID. The vaccine is administered with a squirt into the nostril as the patient inhales.

As for who should get the H1N1 vaccine, the  Center for Disease Control has mandated that the vaccine be distributed to the following priority groups:         

*Pregnant women
        
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People age 2-24        
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Anyone who lives with or care for infants younger than 6 months, or who work in health care/emergency medical personnel or those with a long-term illness like asthma, cancer, HIV, diabetes, heart disease, etc. 

Student Health Services at Southern Miss cannot vaccinate:         

*Pregnant women        
*Children less than 12 years old 

There are two types of H1N1 vaccines the flu mist and injection. At this time Student Health Services only has the flu mist available.

The flu mist is not recommended for:
         

*Anyone who is pregnant    
*Anyone over the age of 49    
*Anyone with a long-term illness like asthma, cancer, HIV, diabetes, heart disease, etc.       
*Anyone with a weakened immune system       
*Anyone who has received another live virus vaccination like the seasonal flu mist, MMR, or Vericella. 

Persons listed in the final group should receive the vaccine injection only. Student Health Services hopes to have the vaccine shot available soon.

For more information about the vaccine or priority groups, call 601-266-5390.

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The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu
                                                                                            
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