Dear Valpo students,

The H1N1 flu vaccination continues to be available at Valparaiso University’s Health Center and will be administered as supplies permit. As a large majority of students are choosing to get their flu shots at the Health Center rather than at off-site clinics, the remaining off-site clinics scheduled this month will be canceled.

The Health Center is vaccinating students for both the H1N1 and seasonal flu from 8 a.m. to noon through Friday, Nov. 6. Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, students may come in for a vaccination weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting both vaccinations, and the H1N1 vaccination is free while the seasonal flu vaccination is $20.

The CDC also has issued new recommendations for pneumococcal vaccine, which is available at the Health Center, for certain individuals during the current H1N1 outbreak. Target populations for this vaccine include adults age 19 to 64 who have asthma or smoke cigarettes, and people age 2 to 64 who have one or more chronic health problems, including:

  • Chronic cardiovascular disease (congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathies)
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Alcoholism
  • Chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Functional or anatomic asplenia, including sickle cell disease and splenectomy
  • Immuno-compromising conditions such as HIV infection, leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, generalized malignancy, chronic renal failure or nephritic syndrome; those receiving immuno-suppressive chemotherapy (including corticosteroids); and those who have received an organ or bone marrow transplant.

Students may receive the pneumococcal vaccine at the Health Center for $40.

All undergraduate, graduate and law students – those living on campus as well as commuter students – who think they may have the flu are strongly encouraged to complete an online self-assessment, reporting and meal delivery request form available at: https://www.intra.valpo.edu/flu. Students with flu-like symptoms should return home or isolate themselves in their rooms until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

More information about how to prevent the flu and flu vaccinations is available online at http://www.valpo.edu/healthcenter/flu or by calling the Health Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 219-464-5060.


Toni Baldwin-Dufour
Director, Valparaiso University Health Center