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Free Swine Flu Vaccinationa Available at LSUA Feb. 22

Released: 02/09/2010

Free H1N1 (swine flu) vaccinations will be administered Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the LSU Alexandria student center. The vaccinations are provided through the state Office of Public Health (OPH), Region 6, which covers eight Central Louisiana parishes.

An OPH spokeswoman said there are no age, gender or general health restrictions on people who can receive the vaccine. Unlike most types of influenza which more severely effect children and elderly people, swine flu readily strikes young adult and middle age populations.

“Swine flu hasn’t been in the news recently as much as it was several months ago, but H1N1 remains a very serious health problem,” said Chad Gauthier, LSUA campus safety/loss prevention officer. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this free vaccination.”

Nearly 347,000 doses of the vaccine have been given in Louisiana. There have been 2,006 confirmed cases and 43 deaths from swine flu in the state. More than 1,900 people have died and 40,000 have been hospitalized from swine flu nationally over the past five months, according to the Centers for Disease Control.