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Swine flu shots available to high-priority groups

November 23, 2009

Arizona State University has received part of its vaccine order for the H1N1 virus (also known as swine flu). ASU students, faculty and staff members who are members of high-priority groups, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may receive a vaccine at any of the four campus Health Centers (Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West) during regular business hours.

High-priority groups include individuals age 24 and under; those caring for children under six months of age; and those with one of the following medical conditions: pregnancy, obesity, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney or liver disease, diabetes or metabolic disease, anemia or blood disorder, or other immune-compromising conditions.

Students, faculty and staff must show their ASU SunCard to receive a vaccine. There is a $10 fee for the vaccine for students. ABOR Aetna Student Health Insurance will cover the cost of the vaccination for those students. Benefit-eligible employees´ administration fee will be covered in the same manner as the seasonal flu vaccinations. People who have already had H1N1 flu that has been confirmed through testing do not need to get the vaccine.

ASU health officials will update messages when vaccine is available for the general university population.

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