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The University Health Services will offer Sabin oral polio vaccinations to all University personnel sometime after Christmas vacation instead of in October as originally planned, Dr. Shoelm Postel, assistant director of the UHS, said Monday.
The vaccine is not being offered yet because there is evidence that some viruses which are common in the fall season can interfere with its immunisation process. Dr. Postel emphasized that the delay in the vaccination program is not related to the recent controversy about the possibility that the Sabin vaccine can cause paralytic polio.
As of now UHS does not plan any mass flu vaccination program despite predictions by some American doctors that a flu epidemic will hit the East this winter.
Although the UHS does, not feel that the coming of an epidemic is certain, some vaccine is available, and Postel said that expectant women and persons with chronic diseases should be innoculated.
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