Wednesday, December 2, 2009

H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine for campus community members and children

To: Faculty, faculty emeriti, other academic personnel, students, and staff
From: Kimberly Goff-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students in the University, and Nim Chinniah, Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Re: H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine for campus community members and children
December 2, 2009

Thanks to increased allocations of vaccine for H1N1 (swine) flu, we are now able to offer separate immunization opportunities for all members of the University community and children of University affiliates.

We invite all students, faculty, faculty emeriti, other academic personnel and staff to a general vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the Reynolds Club. Please bring University identification. Seasonal flu vaccine also will be made available at the clinic.

Also, the University of Chicago Medical Center is making H1N1 vaccine available by appointment to children (older than 6 months) of University students, emeriti faculty, benefits-eligible faculty, other academic personnel, and staff. To make an immunization appointment for your child, call 773-702-6169. Dates the vaccine will be given and further instructions can be found at

Parents should bring an insurance card showing proof of coverage for their child, as well as a copy of this message to identify their child as a member of the University community. Although the vaccine itself is free of charge, please note the family insurance will be billed a nominal fee of $22 for administration of the vaccine.

We want to thank all members of the University community for your patience in waiting for the vaccine. We now have been able to make the vaccine available to all groups with special risks connected to the flu, as mandated by the Center for Disease Control. While we remain dependent on public health authorities for future allocations of vaccine, we anticipate being able to schedule more community-wide clinics soon.

We urge everybody to continue to take common precautions to stay healthy, and particularly urge you to isolate yourself if you have flu symptoms. For more information, and updates on vaccination clinics, please go to: .