Sixty-three Catawba College students took advantage of an opportunity to get a free H1N1 vaccine on campus during two campus clinics offered recently by the College's Proctor Health Center.
The live, intranasal H1N1 vaccine was the first vaccine shipped to the campus and 28 students who participated in an Oct. 30th campus clinic received it. The first week in November, a shipment of inactivated H1N1 vaccine arrived on campus and during a Nov. 5th campus clinic, another 35 students were inoculated.
Since that time, more students have visited the Proctor Health Center to get the vaccine, bringing the total number of students to 85. That is a good thing, according to Health Center Director Kathi Welborn, R.N. Welborn says advisories she is receiving warn that a second wave of the H1N1 virus is expected during the spring so inoculations should continue to be made available to day students throughout the year.
While, there have been a few isolated cases of students with flu-like symptoms reported on campus, Welborn said, the campus has thus far avoided a widespread outbreak.
Welborn plans to visit the various residence halls on campus next week and offer students yet another opportunity to receive the free H1N1 vaccine.