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Your Take: The H1N1 vaccine

SU students react to the first batch of H1N1 vaccines distributed on campus.

After Syracuse University Health Services reported last week more than 400 cases of swine flu, doses of the H1N1 vaccine were distributed Friday to the 200 students who pre-registered.

Free tickets for the H1N1 vaccine were given out to students Thursday morning on a first-come, first-serve basis. On Friday, those who had tickets were assigned time slots to go to the Health Services center and get the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray. 

The vaccine was only distributed to students between 18 and 24 years old. Students with asthma, long-term health problems or diabetes were not allowed to receive this particular form of the H1N1 vaccine. Those students are only able to get the injectable version of the vaccine, which will be available later.    

Friday’s clinic marked the first batch of H1N1 vaccines SU has distributed. Shipments of both the nasal and injectable vaccine are expected to increase later this month and into early December, according to SU Health Services.

For more on the H1NI vaccine, check out SU's Fighting the Flu site.

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