Due to overwhelming demand for the H1N1 flu vaccine, the Department of Public Health will strictly enforce eligibility requirements at the Nov. 5 clinic at Cal Poly Pomona.
The vaccine will be given to people in these higher risk groups:
- Pregnant women
- People living with or caring for infants under 6 months
- Children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years
- Adults 25 to 64 with chronic medical conditions
- Healthcare or emergency medical workers with direct patient contact
The free vaccine clinic is open to Cal Poly Pomona and Mt. SAC
students, faculty, staff and members the general public who meet the
guidelines. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CTTi Building
220A, 3650 W. Temple Ave., Pomona (across from the University Village
at the corner of Temple Avenue and South Campus Drive). The clinic will
operate on a walk-in basis; reservations will not be taken.
The registration and vaccination process takes about 10 to 15
minutes, but people are encouraged to set aside an hour or longer,
depending on demand. To speed up the process, the registration form can
be completed in advance and brought to the clinic. However, a completed
form does not guarantee that an applicant will receive the vaccine.
Parking is available across South Campus Drive in Lots K and B.
Students are encouraged to ride the Bronco Express Shuttle (route A and
C), which have stops near CTTi. Maps of the campus and shuttle routes
are available at www.cpp.edu/maps/.
People with medical insurance or access to a physician are
encouraged to get the vaccine from a private healthcare provider,
because private providers will receive the majority of the H1N1
vaccine. The Nov. 5 clinic is intended for those who meet the criteria
do not have a usual source of healthcare. In the coming weeks, the
vaccine should be available through chain pharmacies, private
healthcare providers and community clinics, according to the county
Department of Public Health.
To prevent getting the flu and to stay in good health, always cover
your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your
hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your
eyes, nose or mouth. And avoid close contact with sick people.
Student Health Services staff physician Dr. John Tsai and Ty
Ramsower, coordinator of health promotion & outreach, have answers
to some frequently asked questions about H1N1.
More information about H1N1 is available at www.cpp.edu/flu, www.flu.gov, and www.dsa.cpp.edu/shs.