Campus Notebook: No Special Treatment

Posted November 2, 2009 at 6:29pm

The Office of the Attending Physician has run out of vaccines for the H1N1 virus and, like many clinics around the country, doesn’t know when it will get another batch.

[IMGCAP(1)]The office first began offering swine flu vaccines on Oct. 21 to three groups of Congressional employees: those who are pregnant, those who live with infants less than 6 months old, and those who are younger than 18 and have a chronic medical condition.

Last week, officials began offering it to any employee younger than 25. Within a few days, the office ran out of the vaccine. Currently, all eight locations, which are spread throughout the House and Senate buildings, are out of the vaccine.

But in an advisory sent two weeks ago, Attending Physician Brian Monahan assured staffers that eventually “anyone with a Congressional identification card will be able to receive the vaccine.— Officials, he said, would allow more groups to get the vaccine as more becomes available; information on who can get it and which locations have it can be found on the Congressional intranet at attendingphysician.house.gov:806/.

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