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Nov. 1, 2005
Contact: Carol Seager, director; Dr. Patricia Denning, chief of student health, Student Health Services, (785) 864-9525.

KU flu vaccine supply depleted; health services temporarily suspends clinics

Nov. 10 update: Suspension was lifted today and a clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kansas Union. Schedule for additional clinics between Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 will be posted at www.studenthealth.ku.edu.

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Student Health Services has temporarily suspended its flu vaccination clinics at the Lawrence campus until further notice because its current supply is depleted due to delayed shipments.

The clinics will be reinstated when additional vaccine arrives. Information about clinics will be updated on the Student Health Services Web site at www.studenthealth.ku.edu.

"There are sufficient supplies, unlike the shortage Americans faced last year. However, this year the distribution of vaccine from manufacturers has been irregular," said Dr. Patricia Denning, chief of staff for Student Health Services. "Like many other clinics and physician offices we are experiencing delays in our shipments."

Student Health Services had received approximately 60 percent, or 1,170 doses, of its total order before the clinics began Oct. 25. All of those doses were distributed through appointments for high-risk individuals or at the first four vaccination clinics. Officials at the health center hope to have the rest of their order within the next two weeks.

When the clinics reopen, notices will be placed online, through advertisements in the student newspaper and other outlets. For more information, contact the Wellness Resource Center at 864-9570.

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