University Park, Pa. -- University Health Services (UHS) at University Park saw a decline in influenza-like illness (ILI) during the week ending Dec. 5. This decline is consistent with current illness patterns throughout the United States. Public health officials predict that another wave of H1N1 influenza is likely later this winter or spring. Getting vaccinated now will prevent illness from H1N1 should the virus cause further outbreaks.
Vaccination is free and available to all Penn State students, including those older than 24 years of age. Until this week, the vaccine was reserved for only high risk individuals. Now public health officials have broadened the eligibility criteria to include those 25 years of age and older. Students can make an appointment online at http://www.sa.psu.edu/uhs/basics/online_access.cfm to receive the vaccination.
The CDC provides information that can help students make informed decisions about vaccination at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm online.