Health & Wellness Center

October 20, 2009 - Parent Letter

Dear Parents:

As you know, Alvernia University is committed to keeping you informed regarding the H1N1 flu.  We remain vigilant in educating our students about precautions they can take to protect themselves from this and other illnesses.

The H1N1 influenza virus was first identified in the United States in late April 2009.  The virus has caused illness ranging from mild to severe, including hospitalizations and deaths in adults and children.  In the spring, many children contracted the 2009 H1N1 infection and there were large outbreaks in some schools, colleges and universities across the country.  This fall we are again seeing large outbreaks in these same places, although not at Alvernia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that children and young adults, ages 6 months through 24 years, be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 as soon as the vaccine is available.  The CDC also recommends that the following categories of people be among the first to be vaccinated:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Health care and emergency medical services workers, and
  • People ages 25 - 64 that have certain health conditions such as HIV, diabetes, or heart or lung disease.

Vaccination is the best way to protect your student from this potentially serious disease.  Alvernia University is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to offer the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine here on campus.  The vaccination will be offered free of charge to the Alvernia community.  Once we receive the vaccine, vaccination clinic dates and times will be posted on campus bulletin boards and the Health & Wellness Center webpage.  The dates will also be sent to every student’s Alvernia e-mail address.  If you would like to receive this e-mail as well, please send an e-mail message to

For more information regarding the disease and vaccine, please read the Vaccine Information Sheet.

If your son or daughter is under the age of 18, we will require your consent to administer the vaccine.  Please review the Vaccine Information Sheet, then print, read, sign and date the Vaccination Consent Form if you would like your student to receive the vaccine.  Please return the consent form to us via fax, 610-796-8422, or mail to: Alvernia University, Attn: Health and Wellness Center, 400 Saint Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607.  If you refuse, the vaccination will not be given to your student.  If, at any time prior to our vaccination clinic, you change your mind about having your student vaccinated, please advise your son or daughter and call or e-mail the Health & Wellness Center.  No one under the age of 18 can be vaccinated without parental/ legal guardian consent.

If you have any questions about the vaccine or the vaccination clinics, please e-mail the Health & Wellness Center or call 610-568-1467 between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Please visit the CDC’s 2009 H1N1 influenza website at and also for more information especially for parents.  You may also contact your student’s health care provider for information regarding the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and the seasonal influenza vaccine.


Claire Murphy, MD
Director, Health Services
Alvernia University

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Phone: 610.568.1467
Fax: 610.796.8422

Located in Veronica Hall

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Monday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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