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* *H1N1 vaccine to arrive soon
* *Yield to Heels promotes safety

H1N1 vaccine to arrive soon

Last week, health sites around the country began to receive the first doses of H1N1 flu vaccine. Carolina expects to receive its first shipment this week, with additional doses arriving during the next few months.

The University and UNC Health Care have requested a sufficient quantity to vaccinate students and employees as well as hospitalized patients, said Mary Beth Koza, director of the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS).

“As soon as we receive our first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine, we will let the campus community know the details about how and when people can be vaccinated,” she said. The University will communicate through e-mail and information on the University homepage and Alert Carolina,

The H1N1 vaccine comes in two forms: a nasal spray and a shot. The nasal spray is indicated for healthy people ages 2 to 49; everyone else should get the shot, Koza said. “We do not anticipate a shortage of either form of the vaccine.”

To make sure health-care and emergency medical personnel are able to care for people who become ill, the first people at UNC who will be able to receive the H1N1 vaccine are students and employees who are designated as health-care workers, Koza said. As the University receives additional shipments of the vaccine, it will be available for all other students and employees.

The vaccine will be administered through special H1N1 clinics, as the seasonal flu vaccine was. The clinics will be by appointment only, and people will be able to make an appointment on the EHS Web site, Koza said.

University health officials recommend that people who are in high-risk groups contact their personal physicians and follow that advice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site,, has information about who is considered high risk.

Refer to the Alert Carolina site,, for general information about H1N1 and for updates about the H1N1 vaccine.

Yield to Heels promotes safety

Yield to Heels

Hannah Gill, left, congratulates pedestrians who used the crosswalk at Manning Drive correctly during the Sept. 30 Yield to Heels on-campus pedestrian safety education event. Gill worked during the annual effort to educate pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers around campus about the importance of visibility and attentiveness in creating a safe walking environment at Carolina.

Coordinated by the Department of Public Safety and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Yield to Heels also aims to clear up myths about traffic safety for both pedestrians and drivers.

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* *Perdue praises Carolina’s history of achievement

* *As a former Boy Scout, Taft is still a doer of good deeds

* *Gil draws on her background to lead the College of Arts and Sciences

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