College students among first to receive H1N1 vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/22/09

College students among first to receive H1N1 vaccine

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - College students will be among the first to get the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. This is due to the fact that the flu rapidly circulating among young people living in close quarters, like dorms and apartments.  Tuesday, the government issued this advice to the college crowd to help prevent the spread of the virus.

"Healthy kids are at risk with this flu.  It targets a younger population and even the invincible college students are likely to be targets of this flu," said Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education says, "Make sure you are helping each other out with missed assignments, bringing meals to each other and doing absolutely whatever it takes to keep those who may have the virus away from the rest of campus and on the fast road to recovery."

There is widespread flu-outbreaks in 21-states, which is unusual for this time of year. Flu like symptoms include fever, body aches, sore throat and upset stomach.  If anyone has a combination of these symptoms, officials are asking you to stay away from doctor's offices to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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