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UMaine safety,  student affairs and communications personnel will use this space to communicate timely messages in the event of an H1N1 outbreak in the UMaine community.

Vaccine Available at Cutler Health Center

Cutler Health Center has received a supply of H1N1 vaccine. It is available to all UMaine students, staff members, faculty members, retirees and spouses by appointment. Call (207) 581-4000 to schedule an appointment.

The health center will will bill health insurance companies or patients may pay at the time of their visit.

The Maine Insurance Commissioners’ office has negotiated with all major Maine insurance carriers including Anthem to provide coverage for the administration of the vaccine.

Nasal Spray Clinic Dec. 11

UMaine has scheduled a Friday, Dec. 11 clinic for distribution of a limited supply of H1N1live attenuated nasal spray vaccine. The clinic will be held from 9a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment only. All members of the UMaine community (including the spouses and domestic partners of employees) are eligible if they are in good health and are between the ages of 18 and 49.

This vaccine is not recommended for people in the following groups:

- Pregnant or breast feeding women

- Anyone more than 49 years of age

- People who are ill

- People with underlying health conditions

- Anyone with long-term health problems

- People who live with or care for people with long term health problems

More information about the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine is online at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/maineflu/h1n1/H1N1-nasal%20-spray.pdf

Registration for the clinic can only be accomplished online.

Vaccine Clinic Thursday 12/3

UMaine has scheduled an H1N1 vaccine clinic for employees (and their spouses and domestic partners) and students who are in high-risk populations.

The clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m-2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 3 at Cutler Health Center. It is open to members of the UMaine community who fit into one or more of these categories:

• People under 25 years of age
• Pregnant women
• Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old
• People 25-64 with certain health conditions, described at the state Center for Disease Control website

Those who are in one or more of these categories should register for the clinic online, beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 1. The site will remain offline until then.

Vaccine supply is limited and UMaine plans additional clinics when more vaccine becomes available.

The H1N1 shot clinic is also open to UMaine spouses and domestic partners who are considered high risk for infection. Employees, their spouses and domestic partners must present their Anthem ID cards at the clinic. There will be no charge to participants.

Please note that registration through the on line reservation system is required in order to participate in Friday’s H1N1 shot clinic.

Clinic Update

All slots for the Friday Nov. 13 H1N1 vaccine clinic have been filled. More clinics will be scheduled as vaccine becomes available.

H1N1 Clinic Friday

UMaine has scheduled an H1N1 vaccine clinic for employees (and their spouses and domestic partners) and students in high-risk populations. The clinic is scheduled for 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday Nov. 13 at Cutler Health Center. It is open to members of the UMaine community who fit into one or more of these categories:

• People under 25 years of age
• Pregnant women
• Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old
• People 25-64 with certain health conditions, described at the Maine CDC website .

Those who are in one or more of these categories should register for the clinic online. Vaccine supply is limited and UMaine plans additional clinics when more vaccine becomes available.

The H1N1 shot clinic is also open to UMaine spouses and domestic partners who are considered high risk for infection. Employees, their spouses and domestic partners must present their Anthem ID cards at the clinic. There will be no charge to participants.

Further information about H1N1 is available on the UMaine web site at www.umaine.edu/h1n1.

Please note that registration through the on line reservation system is required in order to participate in Friday’s H1N1 shot clinic.

Vaccine clinic update

Because of reduced availability of H1N1 vaccine, the Nov. 9 and 10 UMaine clinic for students age 24 and under has been cancelled.

Instead, UMaine will offer a Nov. 5 and 6 clinic for those students — regardless of age — who are in a health-related high-risk category, as defined on the Maine Center for Disease Control website.

An updated version of the online registration form will be available sometime on Thursday Oct. 29.

A previously scheduled clinic for faculty and staff members in high-risk groups has also been cancelled.

An open forum on H1N1 virus, the vaccine and UMaine plans is scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 3 from 2-3 p.m. in Memorial Union’s Bangor Room. Representatives from Cutler Health Center, the Division of Student Affairs and the Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety, among others, will be present to address those with specific questions.

Direct communications to those students who registered for the Nov. 9 and 10 clinic are being prepared for delivery by email, most likely on Thursday Oct. 29.

Information about employee vaccines and risk groups

Questions and Answers Relative to H1N1 Vaccine and UMaine Employees

Q: What are the dates and times for the UMaine employee H1N1 Vaccine Clinics?

A: The employee H1N1 vaccine clinics have been scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17 from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. (This may be changed pending vaccine availability.)

Q: What are the target groups for this first round of vaccines?

A: Individuals calling to make appointments must be in the H1N1 vaccine priority groups. Information is available at the state Center for Disease Control website. If you have further questions, please contact your health care provider.

Q: What do I need to bring to the clinic?

A: Bring your insurance card

Q: Is this free?

A: Yes

Q: Can other family members obtain a vaccine?

A: High risk spouses are eligible.

Information on high-risk populations from the Maine Center for Disease Control website

H1N1 Vaccine Priority Groups

The H1N1 vaccine can prevent serious illness or even death, particularly for those who seem most vulnerable to the H1N1 virus. Because of this, it is recommended that certain groups be among the first to receive the H1N1 vaccine. We estimate that Maine will receive about 340,000 doses of various formulations of H1N1 vaccine by early December (although this estimate could change). There are approximately 700,000 people in Maine who are in the high priority groups for receiving vaccine, out of about 1.3 million people total. Therefore, we must focus the first doses to arrive in the state on those who are highest priority — children and pregnant women. We will eventually receive enough vaccine to be able to offer it to all Mainers who want it. However, many people face less risk from H1N1 and may be asked to wait for the immunization while the vaccine is in limited supply. For some of us, it makes good sense to wait while people most likely to suffer complications and worse from H1N1 get the vaccine first.

The groups recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine first include:

Pregnant women because they are at higher risk of complications and can potentially provide protection to newborns who cannot be vaccinated

Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old because younger infants are at higher risk of flu-related complications and cannot be vaccinated

All children and youth ages 6 months to 18 years of age because cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in children who are in close contact with each other in school and day care settings, which increases the likelihood of disease spread

Young adults ages 19-24 years of age because many cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza have been seen in these healthy young adults and they often live, work, and study in close quarters, and,

People ages 25-64 who have certain health conditions

Older Adults Unlike seasonal flu, studies indicate people over the age of 64 have some immunity to H1N1, which is probably why they are not being as commonly or severely affected by infection as young people

Vaccine clinics scheduled

An H1N1 vaccine clinic for UMaine students age 24 or younger is scheduled for Monday Nov. 9 and Tuesday Nov. 10 at the UMaine Field House. Students need to commit only one hour to get a vaccine, and should register online.

Student and staff volunteers are also needed to help at the clinic. Those who are willing to assist can find out more details and sign up here.

Faculty and staff members who fit into high-risk categories (and their spouses) can register for an H1N1 vaccine clinic at Cutler Health Center Nov. 16 and 17. Call Environmental Health and Safety at 581-4074 to schedule an appointment.

Seasonal flu vaccine

UMaine’s Cutler Health Center has seasonal flu vaccine available to members of the university community.

Students are asked to call 581-4000 (option #1) to schedule an appointment.

UMaine employees, retirees and spouses who participate in the university’s Anthem healthcare plan are also eligible to receive the vaccine. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. To schedule an appointment please call 581-4179. Please bring your Anthem insurance card to your visit.

Seasonal flu vaccine update

Cutler Health Center has received additional doses of the flu vaccine and is now accepting appointments.

Students are asked to call 581-4000 (option #1) to schedule an appointment.  Please be sure to register for this appointment by calling 581-4310 or via our website.

Clinics are also open to all University of Maine employees, retirees and spouses who participate in the university’s Anthem healthcare plan.   Appointments are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.  To schedule an appointment please call 581-4179.  Please bring your Anthem insurance card to your visit.


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