By Jennifer Rodino
On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Department of Health and Wellness offered students, faculty and staff the chance to either make an appointment or walk in to receive the H1N1 vaccine or the standard flu vaccine. People could also receive both vaccines.
The Health and Wellness center received 200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and suggested that students with a healthy immune system receive the nasal mist vaccine.
Ilene Wallmueller, PBA’s Nurse Practitioner, explained that the nasal mist is only a small dose, which may cause your nose to run.
“My mom told me that I should get both vaccines because since I have started field experience for my major and I am around kids all day, it is best that I make sure I am healthy,” said junior Maria Sumner, an elementary education major.
PBA Junior Kevin Keeling receives a dose of the nasal mist vaccine for the H1N1 virus.
Correction to printed article: PBA’s Health and Wellness Center announced Friday that it has received doses of both the injectable and nasal mist forms of the H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine will be distributed tomorrow, Nov. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. by appointment in upstairs Weyenberg. The cost of the vaccine is set at $5. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 803-2576.
By Tyann Mullen
As an additional step to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s administration has recently added hand sanitizer units at the entrance to many of the school’s buildings, dorms and classrooms.
PBA’s Health and Wellness Center is in full swing, helping to protect students and faculty against the recent spread of the H1N1 flu.
The H1N1 virus has spread across 48 states. Colleges and universities are seeing a large impact from this virus due to general contact among students as well as additional factors such as emotional and physical stress.
“Stress is something that is germane to college students,” said Vince Diller, director of Health and Wellness. “We typically see more sick students following breaks and during midterms and finals. This is typical of physical and emotional stress and the let down that follows a week of hard work and little sleep.”
According to Vince Diller, director of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Department of Health and Wellness, PBA is on a list to receive 1,500 doses of H1N1 vaccine from the Palm Beach County Health Department.
Although Diller has been notified that the vaccine is coming, he does not know when it will arrive. It is also unknown if the majority of the vaccines will be in nasal spray or injectable form.
“We’ve been told that we are the primary distribution point for our population, which includes students, professors, families, staff,” Diller said.
Colleges have been placed at a higher priority, Diller said, but there are still recommendations for who should receive the swine flu vaccine first. Once he receives the rules for dispersal, Diller will make the information available.
Diller added that he will have several of PBA’s epidemiologists review the recommendations on who should receive the vaccine and the side effects to make the information easier to understand for students.
About 20 seasonal flu vaccines are still available through Health and Wellness. The CDC recommends a combination of seasonal and swine flu vaccines.
By Evelyn Ticona
On Friday, April 24 I was babysitting when CNN had the first images of civilians and the police wearing masks in Mexico City’s main square.
“Breaking News! Swine flu virus has killed at least 68 people in Mexico and more than 1,000 people have fallen ill in Mexico City,” the news anchor said.
H1N1 goes beyond fever, upset stomach, vomiting and other symptoms; it can actually ruin your finances and summer plans. I won’t go into details about the swine flu itself because there is a very informative article about that in this same issue.
I must make it clear that eating pork will not put you at any risk whatsoever of getting infected. So those of you who like pork, don’t let the media scare you. Go out there and get as many pork products as you want.
By Luther Hollis
As the wave of H1N1 virus — commonly known as swine flu — continues to spread, Palm Beach County residents have become even more attentive to related news and ideas for prevention of the disease.
College campuses like Palm Beach Atlantic University are being singled out as potential hotbeds for the disease.
Vince Diller, director of PBA’s Health and Wellness Center, said, “We have had under ten confirmed cases of the flu but continue to treat all illnesses with the intent to minimize infection of others.”
In an e-mail sent out to students on Sept. 10, all students who exhibit symptoms are asked to notify Health and Wellness.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had predicted that companies would have the capacity to produce 5,000 million doses per year.
Ensuring that poor countries receive adequate doses of flu vaccine will also be a challenge because wealthier nations have already booked most of the world’s supply, said the UN agency. However, initial results of clinical studies show that healthy adults and older children need just one dose of vaccine instead of two as some experts had estimated, said WHO.
A group of nine countries (United States, Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) agreed to donate part of their supply of vaccines to developing nations.
WHO will coordinate the distribution of the donated vaccines to more than 90 countries, starting with about 300 million doses in November. WHO continues to recommend that health workers receive high priority in early vaccinations.
The vaccine trials so far indicate that it would be as safe as a vaccine against seasonal influenza. According to WHO, side effects are expected to be similar to those seen with the seasonal flu vaccine. These symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and should not last more than one or two days.
More information will be posted briefly.