H1N1 Influenza / Swine Flu Information

Student Health Center

Update: Vaccine Still Available

January 14, 2010

Federal, state and local officials continue to recommend that college students be immunized against the H1N1 virus. The Student Health Center has plenty of vaccine available. To receive the immunization, students should make an appointment with the Health Center by calling 315-859-4111 during regular business hours. There is no charge to students for the vaccine. Employees may receive the vaccine on Friday, Jan. 22, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Blood Fitness and Dance Center. No appointments are necessary. The cost is $15, however, the service is free of charge with your MVP card.

Update: Additional H1N1 Vaccine Has Arrived

November 19, 2009

Hamilton has received a second delivery of H1N1 vaccine — 500 doses of nasal spray. Students may make appointments with the Health Center (315-859-4111) to receive the vaccine, which will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. A walk-in clinic to administer the vaccine is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the Health Center.


Christine Merritt
Director of Student Health Services

Update: H1N1 Immunization Clinics for Higher Risk Students

November 16, 2009

The College has received 200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine and will offer two immunization clinics for students with underlying medical conditions that place them at higher risk for flu-related complications. Clinics will be held Monday, November 16 from 6–8 p.m. and Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 4-6 p.m. in the Health Center. The vaccine will be available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. More ...


Update to the Hamilton Community

November 3, 2009

The pace at which new cases of the H1N1 (swine) flu are being reported to the Health Center has slowed. Following a significant outbreak during the early and mid part of last week, fewer new cases were reported over the weekend and on Monday. More ...

Update: Health Center Open Saturday and Sunday

October 30, 2009

In light of the current outbreak of influenza-like illness on campus, the Health Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. for students with acute illnesses.  No advance appointment is required.  In addition, as always, EMTs are available to assess student health concerns when the Health Center is closed.  More ...


Update: Family Weekend Moving Ahead as Scheduled

October 28, 2009

Despite the appearance of the H1N1 virus on campus earlier this week, Family Weekend will take place as scheduled Thursday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Families traveling to Clinton should stop by registration in the Kirner-Johnson Commons to check for any updates. Registration will be open on Thursday from 3-8 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Influenza Now Present on the Hamilton Campus

October 27, 2009

The Student Health Center experienced a large influx of students yesterday presenting flu-like symptoms consistent with the H1N1 virus. Most of the students who sought treatment reported that they began feeling ill over the weekend. Symptoms include fever, a persistent hacking cough, severe headaches and general body aches. The students are all being treated as though they have the H1N1 virus (and one test has come back positive for H1N1), which is now widespread throughout Oneida County. Local health officials have been advised of the outbreak on campus. More ...


Update: Suspected Case of H1N1 Virus Negative

September 18, 2009

We received word this morning that the culture taken from the student who exhibited flu-like symptoms earlier this week is negative. The student returned to his residence hall room last evening after he had been fever-free for more than 24 hours without medication.  More ...


Update to the Hamilton Community

September 15, 2009

Late yesterday afternoon, a Hamilton student went to the Health Center with flu-like symptoms consistent with the H1N1 virus. A culture was taken and we expect to have the results in 24-48 hours. In the meantime, as a precaution, the student has been isolated in a private room on campus. Arrangements have been made to have meals delivered to his room and his professors have been contacted.  More ...

Student Health Service Readies for H1N1 Possibility

September 14, 2009

Hamilton College has not experienced any reported cases of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, but the college is taking a proactive stance in preparing for the possibility of an outbreak on campus. "We're ready," said Christine Merritt, director of Student Health Services. "Last spring we weren't sure what was going to happen," she commented. "Now we're as ready as we can be." More ...

Flu Shot Clinics Scheduled

September 3, 2009

Hamilton has scheduled two flu shot clinics, one for students and the other for employees. The vaccines are intended to combat seasonal influenza. A separate vaccine for the H1N1 influenza virus (also known as swine flu) is still under development and is expected to be ready later this fall. Hamilton expects to schedule additional flu shot clinics to administer the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available.  More ...


H1N1/Swine Flu Precautions and Planning

August 25, 2009

The H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, continues to concern the public health community. Cases of people coming down with the virus have been reported throughout the summer, during a time when health officials would not expect to see such infections. As students in the northern hemisphere return to school, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are expecting a second wave of the virus this fall in the U.S. As of this date, there have been no reported cases of the H1N1 virus on the Hamilton campus. More ...

Message from the Hamilton Emergency Response Team (HERT)

May 1, 2009

The steering committee of the Hamilton Emergency Response Team has met several times this week to monitor developments pertaining to the swine flu. We will continue assessing the situation as long as necessary. Based on current information and conversations with health officials, our plan is to proceed with college operations as usual. However, there are precautions we all can take as outlined by Director of Student Health Services Christine Merritt on Tuesday More ...

Swine Flu Update

April 27, 2009

As reported in the media, the extent of a swine flu outbreak in Mexico is being monitored and steps are already being taken globally to address the situation. The World Health Organization has declared this event "a public health emergency of international concern," and in the U.S., officials on Sunday declared a "public health emergency" in response to 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in this country, including eight in New York City. All of the infected people in the U.S. displayed mild Influenza-like symptoms and have recovered. According to The New York Times, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano characterized the emergency declaration as "standard operating procedure." More ...