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University Students hold free H1N1 clinic

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:
Elizabeth Valente 510.725.7980
evalente@samuelmerritt.edu
PRESS RELEASE
November 19, 2009

SMU Offers Free Occupational Therapy Pediatric Clinic

(OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 19, 2009)  Despite a chronic shortage of available H1N1 vaccine, nearly 200 children and pregnant women can receive a vaccination at the Davis Street Family Resource Centers free health clinic on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.   According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 4,000 deaths nationwide are due to the H1N1 virus, including about 540 children.

WHAT: For two days Samuel Merritt University (SMU) students in the Physician Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner programs will work together to immunize children and pregnant women

WHY: Children and pregnant women are most at-risk and this endeavor seeks to immunize those with the most need and least access.  The county expects to get more vaccine in November and December.  The HINI virus was first detected in the United States in April 2009.  This illness is spreading from person-to-person worldwide.

WHEN: SMU students in both programs will administer the vaccine on Thursday, Nov. 19, and if there is still product, Monday, Nov 23, from 3pm - 7pm.  No appointments are necessary, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 WHERE: Davis Street Family Resource Center Primary Care Clinic,3081 Teagarden Street, San Leandro, CA 94577

Davis Street Family Resource, a private non-profit, partners with Samuel Merritt University to bring primary medical services to uninsured and underinsured children and adults.  This innovative collaboration enables local residents to receive basic medical care at no cost.

CONTACT: Please contact Elizabeth Valente, Associate Director of Media Relations at 510.725.7980 cell and evalente@samuelmerritt.edu or Dawn Valadez, Development Director at 510.326.0309.

Samuel Merritt University, located on 'Pill Hill' in Oakland, California, is celebrating 100 years of educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.