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At Boston University, five dozen dorm rooms have been reserved for coughing, aching, shivering students beset by the flu - and if things get really bad, a barracks-style infirmary will arise on a stretch of gymnasium floor.
At Harvard and other colleges in the Northeast, where classes usually resume after Labor Day, the threat of flu-addled students has not yet become reality. But at Emory University in Atlanta, at least 50 sick students have been consigned to a dorm left vacant to shelter the ailing.
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 9,000 doses of vaccine against seasonal flu will arrive soon. Assuming that swine flu vaccines prove safe and effective in ongoing trials, MIT may dispense 30,000 to 40,000 vaccinations in the coming months. Dr. David Diamond, associate medical director at MIT’s health service, described that as “an extraordinary effort’’ that is both necessary and expensive.
Washington D.C. officials are setting up mass vaccination centers to provide Swine Flu vaccines to the public. The vaccine hubs will be in school, gyms, rec centers and other large public venues in order to receive as much of the population as possible.
The mass vaccinations are aimed at those without health care, while the city hopes those who do have access to health care will seek the Swine Flu vaccine or nasal mist from their own doctors. At risk groups like pregnant women will especially be targeted.
D.C. health officials report that these extra steps to administer the Swine Flu vaccine are being taken to prevent hospitals and emergency rooms from being swamped with Swine Flu patients seeking care and vaccines.
Originally posted by pluckynoonez
reply to post by lucentenigma
Um, that is what I am famous for, saying "so it begins...." Why steal plucky's thunder? I have evidence of saying that in another swine flu thread.
Okay, so looking at this from an outside perspective looking in...first week of classes, 2,000 infected, all I have to say is, so it begins.
Doesn't feel as good. Lame.