March 2010 Update

H1N1 vaccine is now widely available to anyone who wants it. The Department of Health encourages everyone to get vaccinated. Information on vaccine availability is found on the Washington State Department of Health website.


January 2010 Update

Immunization Clinic on Campus 

If you have yet to receive your H1N1 or seasonal flu immunizations, please note that UW Benefits will host an immunization clinic next week at our campus. The clinic will take place on Wednesday, January 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the North Creek Events Center. All students, faculty and staff are invited.

UW Students: Seasonal and H1N1 flu shots may be available through your health plan – see this web page for information.

UW Faculty/Staff: Immunizations are free for UW faculty and staff covered by any of the PEBB medical plans, including Group Health Cooperative. 

For those with no insurance, there is an $18 fee for H1N1 and a $30 fee for seasonal flu vaccinations. Fees must be paid by cash or check only. No appointments are necessary.

Please bring your health insurance card (if applicable) and photo ID.

News on H1N1

The spread of H1N1 disease in household contacts is lower than first estimated. Early in the fall of 2009 the predicted transmission risk in household contacts was 25%.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that overall only 13% of household contacts developed an acute respiratory disease when exposed to a household member with H1N1 disease. The percentage rate was higher for 2 person households and significantly decreased in multiple member households.

In general, household members have closer contacts than co-employees in the work place or co-students attending the University. We as a campus community can find some reassurance with this information however it is still important to
Cover your cough
Wash your hands
Stay home if you are ill with a fever.

December 2009 Update

The University of Washington Bothell will be holding an H1N1 flu vaccination clinic this Thursday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cascadia Community College’s (CCC) Global Learning and the Arts Building.  (Signage will be posted the day of providing ample direction to the new building.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for dispensing the vaccine to priority groups are still in effect. For adults, only those in the following groups may receive the H1N1 vaccine at this time:

  1. Healthy persons up to age 24
  2. Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel (this includes students in health training programs with clinical components)
  3. Pregnant women
  4. Persons ages 18 through 64 years old who are at higher risk for severe H1N1 disease because of chronic health conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or brain/nervous system disorders) or serious immune system problems
  5. People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age

Only UW Bothell and CCC students, faculty, and staff in these categories are eligible at this time to receive vaccines from the clinic. UW Bothell and CCC photo ID will be required. The vaccine itself will be provided at no cost. There is a $10 administration fee, payable by cash or check (no credit cards) made out to Maxim at the time of vaccination.

There are two types of vaccine, an inactivated form (injection) reserved for pregnant women and persons less than age 65 years old with chronic conditions (#3 and #4 above), and a live attenuated form (nasal spray).  The nasal spray is only for healthy persons less than 50 years old (without chronic health conditions) who are not pregnant.  Health care workers who meet these criteria and who do not work on a bone marrow transplant unit are eligible for the nasal vaccine.  For this clinic, due to limited vaccine supplies, the nasal vaccine will be the only option for healthy persons under age 50 (category #1 and some in #2 and #5).

As more vaccine becomes available, we will add additional clinics, provide information on where and when they will be held, and will update the information on who qualifies for vaccine.

H1N1 vaccine, though in limited supply right now, is also being distributed to health care providers throughout the Puget Sound region. If you prefer to receive a vaccine from your provider, please contact them for information. If you have additional questions, please contact your personal physician.

November 2009 Update

As you have heard in the news, numerous cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu) Influenza have been reported nationwide, and in Washington State. Spring Quarter 2009, several cases of H1N1 were reported at UW Bothell. University of Washington officials are continuing to monitor the evolution of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus in an effort to reduce transmission to students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to the health and welfare of our campus community.

If you are sick or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please

Stay home and limit interactions with other people, except to seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Restore your immune system: eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, rest, refrain from smoking, and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Return to class and/or work ONLY after you are fully recovered.

What you can do to stay healthy

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, exercise, get plenty of rest, do not smoke and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

We remain focused on the health and welfare of our entire university community and appreciate the extra care individuals are taking at this time. We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves and more information is available.

Public Health H1N1 Vaccination

Free swine flu vaccinations for uninsured people with significant health problems

H1N1 flu vaccination is the best protection against H1N1 influenza (swine flu). Public Health is offering H1N1 vaccination for people with significant health problems that put them at greater risk for serious illness and hospitalization from H1N1 influenza.

Who can get the free vaccinations:

  • King County residents through age 64 without health insurance who have significant health problems, including heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, seizure disorders, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Uninsured caregivers of babies 6 months and younger

You will be asked to identify your medical condition. You will not be asked for proof of citizenship.

Right now, there is a limited supply of H1N1 vaccine. The free vaccinations are only available to those who meet the above criteria, as long as initial supplies are available. More vaccine is scheduled to arrive each week.

If you are in a high-risk group and have health insurance, please contact your doctor or other medical provider about getting the H1N1 vaccine.

Public Health H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Locations

H1N1 vaccination will be at the following Public Health Centers on a drop-in basis (no appointments will be made in advance):

White Center Public Health Center (10821 8th Ave SW, Seattle)
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m. Thursday

Alder Square Public Health Center (1404 Central Ave S., Suites 101 & 112, Kent)
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m. Thursday

North Public Health Center (10501 Meridian Ave N., Seattle)
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday

Federal Way Public Health Center (33431 13th Place S., Federal Way)
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m. Thursday

For more information about H1N1 vaccine and vaccination locations

Public Health H1N1 web site:

Flu Hotline, 877-903-KING (5464). The Flu Hotline is staffed and interpreters are available to answer questions Monday-Friday from 9 am - 5 pm.