LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2009) − The University Health Service has about 300 doses of H1N1 intranasal vaccine from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The intranasal vaccine will be available, while supplies last, to members of the University of Kentucky campus community who are 18 years of age or over (or those under 18 years of age with a UK student I.D.) during a free walk-in clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Student Center Bookstore.
Factors that preclude an individual from receiving the intranasal vaccine form of the vaccine are:
· Over the age of 49
· Pregnant women/nursing mothers
· Asthma (any type, diagnosed at any time in life)
· Anyone with history of Guillain-Barre’ syndrome after flu vaccine
· Anyone with hypersentivity/allergy to egg proteins, gentamicin, gelatin or arginine or life threatening reactions to previous flu vaccine
· Anyone who is immunocompromised
· Anyone who works with immunocompromised patients
· Anyone who has been on steroids in the past six weeks (e.g. Medrol dose pack, Prednisone, etc.)
· Anyone on an antiviral in the last 48 hours (e.g. Tamiflu, Relenza, etc.)
· Anyone who has had a live vaccine in the last 28 days (e.g. MMR, Varicella)
· Chronic medical conditions predisposing to influenza complications (i.e. diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease (excluding hypertension), etc.) –intranasal is not recommended unless potential benefit outweighs the potential risk
For more information about the novel H1N1 flu, visit www.uky.edu/EM/swineflu.htm.