Friday, September 25, 2009
To the Campus Community:
This week at the Health Center we have seen fewer students with influenza-like illness. Two students were diagnosed with H1N1 by their family physicians and went home prior to being diagnosed with the virus. We did send one student home with influenza this week and we are awaiting the results of that student's H1N1 test results. Thus far this semester we have 21 students diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.
The physicians and nurses at the Health Center are aware that the Rapid Flu Test that we use to test students with flu symptoms is not 100% accurate. Therefore, when we see students who are ill with the classic flu symptoms (fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, dizziness) and who are too ill to be in class, we do encourage them to go home until they are feeling better and their fever is down for 24 hours without any Tylenol or Ibuprofen. We have sent several students home this week with influenza- like illness. I continue to work on having a clinic for the distribution of the H1N1 vaccine here on campus and will keep you updated as I learn more about when this will take place.
Judith Duda, RN-C
Director, Student Health Center
for additional information, including a helpful Q&A segment, on the H1N1 virus.