Redfern Health Center will vaccinate students against the H1N1 flu beginning at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday).

The vaccine will be offered until this first shipment runs out. More of the vaccine is expected to arrive soon.

The vaccine will be available to students on a first-come, first-served basis on the lower level of Redfern. The vaccination is free.

Students age 24 and younger are among high-priority groups to receive the vaccine, so they are eligible to receive it. Older students who are in other groups the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified as high risk also can receive the vaccine at this time. See the flu information page at for more information about high-risk groups.

The H1N1 flu spreads easily, especially among those 24 and younger. It can lead to complications, such as pneumonia, and even death.

The CDC and Food and Drug Administration say the vaccine is safe, effective and is made just like the seasonal flu vaccines that are offered every year. If you have concerns about the vaccine, you should talk to the medical staff at Redfern or click on the vaccine safety link on the flu information page at