H1N1 Influenza / Swine Flu Information

Student Health Center

Update: Vaccine Still Available

January 14, 2010

Federal, state and local officials continue to recommend that college students be immunized against the H1N1 virus. The Student Health Center has plenty of vaccine available. To receive the immunization, students should make an appointment with the Health Center by calling 315-859-4111 during regular business hours. There is no charge to students for the vaccine. Employees may receive the vaccine on Friday, Jan. 22, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Blood Fitness and Dance Center. No appointments are necessary. The cost is $15.

Additional H1N1 Vaccine Has Arrived

Walk-in Clinic Planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1

Hamilton has received a second delivery of H1N1 vaccine — 500 doses of nasal spray. Students may make appointments with the Health Center (315-859-4111) to receive the vaccine, which will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. A walk-in clinic to administer the vaccine is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the Health Center.


Christine Merritt
Director of Student Health Services

H1N1 Immunization Clinics for Higher Risk Students

November 16, 2009

The College has received 200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine and will offer two immunization clinics for students with underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk for flu-related complications. Clinics will be held Monday, November 16 from 6–8 p.m. and Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 4-6 p.m. in the Health Center. The vaccine will be available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students with any of the following conditions are considered to be at higher risk and are therefore eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine at the clinic:
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Any other immune compromised health concerns not listed above.
Medical records will be reviewed to confirm eligibility to receive the vaccination at this time.

Students who are currently ill must wait until they recover before getting the vaccine.

Students are required to bring their Hamilton College ID card and are asked to wear clothing that allows easy access to their upper arm.

Immunization clinics will be held for the general student population as soon as the additional vaccine ordered by the College becomes available.

It is not necessary to schedule an appointment in advance.

Please feel free to contact the Health Center (315-859-4111) if you have questions.


Christine Merritt
Director of Student Health Services

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled

September 3, 2009

Hamilton has scheduled two flu shot clinics, one for students and the other for employees. The vaccines are intended to combat seasonal influenza. A separate vaccine for the H1N1 influenza virus (also known as swine flu) is still under development and is expected to be ready later this fall. Hamilton expects to schedule additional flu shot clinics to administer the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.

According to a release from the Food and Drug Administration, "Although this year's seasonal vaccine is directed against other strains of influenza expected to be circulating and will not provide protection against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, it is still important for those [people] for whom it is recommended to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine. No vaccine is 100 percent effective against preventing disease, but vaccination is the best protection against influenza and can prevent many illnesses and deaths."

Information about the Hamilton-administered flu shot clinics is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Health Center
Open to Students Only
No Appointment Necessary
Cost: $15 (fee is added to the student's bill)

As a convenience, Hamilton will again sponsor an on-campus flu shot clinic for employees. If this date is inconvenient, many other health care providers in the region will be providing flu shots throughout the fall.

Friday, Oct. 23, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Fitness Center Multipurpose Room
Open to Employees and Spouses
No Appointment Necessary
Cost: $30