Some Twin Cities college campuses still waiting for H1N1 vaccineby Cathy Mayfield, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota health officials recommend college-age students get vacccinated against the H1N1 flu, but the vaccine is still not available on all campuses.
The University of St. Thomas today announced it received its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine will start vaccinating students of all ages today until 4 p.m. on its north campus.
Some schools like Augsburg College and St. Catherine University are still waiting for the vaccine.
"We plan to get the mist later in the week, but the mist limits the amount of people who can be serviced, like pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions," said Amy Kelly, physician and director of the Health and Wellness Center at St. Catherine University.
Augsburg College, has not received any form of the vaccine and it's unclear as to when it will receive it, according to Jeff Shelman, director of news and media services.
At the University of Minnesota, the vaccine is available in mist and injection form, and more is on the way.
"The University of Minnesota has both the H1N1 vaccine and mist. We plan to receive another shipment on Thursday," said Dave Golden, director of public health and communications.
The Minnesota Department of Health last week substantially expanded the group eligible for H1N1 immunization to include people from six months to 24 years of age, people who live with or care for someone under 6 months of age, health care providers, people 25 years and older with chronic health conditions.
The health department launched a new online search tool today for locating clinics that have the H1N1 vaccine.