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Flu vaccine now available

Student Health will hold two clinics in the next week to distribute FluMist influenza immunizations to any Duke community member. The cost is $35, payable only by bursar account charge.

The first clinic is Wed., Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shaeffer Mall area of the Bryan Center. A second clinic will take place during the “Flu Week” health promotion campaign in the Bryan Center Meeting Room B Tues., Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For the first part of flu season, the vaccine supply was limited, but now officials say it is abundant. Although student health educators said local flu cases have been sporadic, they encourage people to get vaccinated as a precaution against the virus.

 

UNC confirms meningitis case

Lab tests from the University of North Carolina Hospitals confirmed that a student, whose name has not been released, contracted meningitis. The student lived in Morrison Residence Hall.

The University and the Orange County Health Department are working to find people who had close conduct with the student to prevent a breakout of the highly contagious and potentially fatal disease.

Early symptoms include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting and lethargy. People experiencing symptoms should contact a health professional.

The disease is spread through close contact, and college students living in dormitories are considered a vulnerable population.

 

Duke professor to head political science group

The Southern Political Science Association has tapped Paula McClain, professor of political science, as the next president of its organization. McClain, who has been involved with the national group for 20 years, will oversee the organization for a year-long term.

At Duke, she teaches a course on racial and ethnic minorities in American politics and is researching Durham race relations as a pilot site for future studies in the Southern United States.

She is the third black person to serve as president and the first in nearly 30 years.

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