DALLAS, TEXAS—College bowl games, full of youthful exuberance and the perfect audience for health officials to tell college kids to get the H1N1 vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services ran a public service announcement Friday during four bowl games asking college students to get immunized. Health officials are trying to prevent another wave of H1N1.
This summer schools across the country, including Texas Christian University. At TCU more than three dozen students had flu-like symptoms within the first week of class. Texas Health Dallas emergency physician Sean Black says prevention is key.
"I think what they are probably thinking of is everybody goes home to their families so you have a lot of migration, people go home and they reconvene and they share the bug with everybody so prevention is the key there." Says Dr. Black.
That's exactly the case of University of Houston law student Zelda Howell who thinks she may have already had H1N1. During the break, she's spent time in New Mexico and Dallas. Soon she says she'll be back at school in Houston.
"I think it's a really good idea because in Houston we've had a lot of the swine flu, especially in the school, so I don't want to go back to school and get sick again." Says Zelda.
There was widespread shortages of the vaccine, but now it's widely available. Joseph Gilbert will go to SMU in two weeks but he says he has no plans on getting the vaccine.
"No I haven't taken the swine flu because I think it's too new and there are reports, don't take it for old people, don't take it for young people, side effects may vary, you need two of them, so it's just kind of eh!" Says Joseph.
New wave of H1N1 or not, Joseph says he'll take his chances.
"My grandmother says, it's okay if you get sick, just stay home for a week and and she's still kicking!"