Influenza Update: Handful of Mild Cases, One Student Tests Positive for H1N1

Posted October 16th, 2009 at 3:11 pm.

Prior to the fall break, a handful of Bryn Mawr students had been treated by the Student Health Center for mild flu-like symptoms. One student who lives off campus tested positive for H1N1 influenza. There has been no evidence of widespread transmission of seasonal or H1N1 influenza on campus. The Student Health Center resumes regular operations on Monday, Oct. 19, and students with flu-like symptoms should contact the Health Center at (610) 526-7360 to be evaluated.

Recommendations for students staying on campus over the break who need emergency or routine care are posted on the Health Center Web site. In cases of medical emergency, students should call (610) 526-7911.

Treatment of students experiencing flu-like symptoms will be based on the Health Center’s evaluation and will vary by individual. However, most students experiencing flu-like symptoms will be asked to stay in their rooms until they are fever-free for 24 hours and will be given instructions for caring for themselves and minimizing the spread of disease to others.

Arrangements will be made with Residential Life and Dining Services to make sure that all symptomatic students are being monitored and their basic needs are met. Students can also opt to make arrangements for delivery of meals and other necessities with roommates and friends, but should still contact the Health Center so the College can monitor their health and the scope of any outbreak. Care of students with underlying health conditions that may put them at risk of complications should they contract the flu will be handled on an individual basis.

The Health Center has registered with the Pennsylvania State Health Department to be a provider of the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. The Health Center will e-mail the community with more details and information regarding eligibility and distribution when the vaccine becomes available.

The Health Center now has seasonal flu vaccine available for students. The vaccine is available to any Bryn Mawr student and is highly recommended for students with asthma or other respiratory diseases, as well as chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or immune suppression as a result of illness or medication. For details go here.

For the latest updates and information regarding Bryn Mawr’s response to seasonal and H1N1 influenza visit the College’s homepage and click on the “Seasonal and H1N1 (Swine Flu) Updates” link.

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