An H1N1 vaccination clinic scheduled on campus for November 9 has been cancelled because of a current lack of availability of the vaccine in Kingston and area.
Some community H1N1 vaccination clinics are being offered by the public health unit. For the last few weeks, priority has been given to those identified as high risk.
As the vaccine supply is increased, Queen's will work with the local public health unit to facilitate immunization opportunities on campus.
After a spike in the amount of H1N1 in Kingston, the level of illness now appears to be leveling off and may in fact be starting to decline, locally. In the vast majority of cases, symptoms last about a week and medical attention is not needed. University operations have not been affected.
The local public health unit will be closing most local flu assessment centres, including the one at Student Health Services, after Sunday, due to a reported decrease in visits to the centres and local ER departments. A community flu assessment clinic is currently scheduled to continue running through November 15 at the Hotel Dieu Hospital.
To minimize the spread of the flu, please continue to:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't easily accessible
• Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue (not your hand)
• Keep your hands away from face (eyes, nose, mouth) because that is where the virus "gets in"
• Get vaccinated for both H1N1 and the seasonal flu when they are available.
Please check www.queensu.ca/pandemic regularly for the latest developments.