University delays flu shot clinics until next week

Updated. Seasonal flu shot clinics that were tentatively scheduled for Sept. 16 will now begin next week, after vaccinations did not come in time, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said Tuesday.

Clinics were tentatively scheduled to take place beginning Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Marvin Center, but the clinics will now begin Sept 24.

In the past, students had to pay $20 for a shot. This year, though, the seasonal flu shot is free for students, faculty and staff members, Sherrard said.

Vaccinations for the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus are not yet available, said Dr. Isabel Goldberg, director of the Student Health Service. Goldenberg and the University are closely monitoring when the H1N1 vaccine will be available, and have been in talks with the D.C. Department of Health – who will be in charge of distributing the vaccine – to make sure GW secures the vaccines, administrators said last week.

Below is the new list of times and dates for seasonal flu clinics at the University:

Sept. 24 – Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Ivory Tower lobby, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 – Thurston Hall, TV lounge, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 – Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 8 – Mount Vernon Campus, Ames Pub, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Hatchet originally reported that seasonal flu clinics were scheduled for Sept. 16. The Sept. 16 date was tentative and dependent upon the acquisition of vaccinations, Sherrard said.

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