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H1N1 (Swine) Flu Information

Vaccinations and Anti-virals

When and where might a vaccine be available?

  • We expect to have a vaccine sometime in October, and then additional supplies would follow in the weeks ahead. It will be offered first to those at greatest risk.
  • Vaccine will be available in a combination of settings, such as vaccination clinics organized by local health departments, health-care provider offices, schools, and other private settings, such as pharmacies and workplaces. Purdue also will set up one or more sites. Information about Purdue sites will be communicated to you by e-mail and the news media. It also will be posted on this Web site.

What are the plans for developing a novel H1N1 vaccine?

  • The U.S. government is working closely with manufacturers to take steps in the process to manufacture a novel H1N1 vaccine. Working together with scientists in the public and private sector, CDC has isolated the new H1N1 virus and modified the virus so that it can be used to make hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine. Making vaccine is a multi-step process that takes several months to complete. Candidate vaccines have been tested in clinical trials over several months.

Is there medication that can treat H1N1?

  • According to the CDC’s guidance, antiviral medications may reduce the severity of symptoms. The commercial names of the antivirals are Tamiflu (a pill) and Relenza (an inhaler). Antivirals must be prescribed by a health-care professional. It has been suggested that they should only be used to treat people who are ill AND are at high risk of complications.

Will this year’s seasonal vaccine protect me from H1N1?

  • The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the novel H1N1 flu. You will need vaccinations for both types. Purdue offered seasonal flu vaccinations in October and November. Seasonal flu vaccine supplies have been exhausted and no additional supplies are expected.

Can the seasonal vaccine and novel H1N1 vaccine be given at the same time?

  • We have been told to administer them separately and expect that the H1N1 vaccine may require two inoculations. We expect the seasonal vaccine to be available earlier than the H1N1 vaccine.

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