Free H1N1 flu shots available to students beginning Thursday
The UT Arlington Health Services Center will begin offering free H1N1 flu shots to students tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 3, at the campus clinic, 605 S. West St. The immunization clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
The University received 1,800 doses of the vaccine Wednesday and will make it available first to students. Vaccinations will available on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointments are needed.
Faculty and staff will be notified as soon as doses are available for them.
Tarrant County Public Health, however, is offering free H1N1 shots to all Tarrant County residents at a dozen locations, including the Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road, near North Cooper Street. Find other locations here.
Dallas County health officials have announced that they will make free H1N1 shots available to all Dallas County residents beginning next week.
To date, UT Arlington has not experienced a concentrated outbreak of the H1N1 flu, though incidents have been reported across campus since the strain appeared last spring.
The University encourages students, faculty and staff to remain vigilant in taking precautions to fight the spread of flu. Measures include washing your hands frequently, staying home or getting a ride home from campus if you are ill, and considering getting the H1N1 vaccine.
Health officials have said that pregnant women, very young children, those with chronic health conditions and those age 24 and younger are particularly at risk of contracting the H1N1 flu strain. More information about the illness is available from the Centers for Disease Control.
University updates about H1N1 and answers to frequently asked questions are available here.