H1N1 Influenza / Swine Flu Information

Student Health Center

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.

Despite the decline in the number of new cases reported to the Health Center, H1N1 is still present on the Hamilton campus, new cases are still being reported, and students and employees should continue to take precautions to avoid becoming infected. Those with the virus must continue to self-isolate until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medicine. Students who are confined to their residence hall rooms should have a friend pickup specially prepared meals from one of the dining halls.

On average, students who become infected with the H1N1 virus are symptomatic for about four days, but some feel sick for as few as two days and as long as seven days. It is important to practice good hygiene, especially since those with the virus are most contagious the day before they exhibit symptoms. As was reported in my last update, Hamilton has ordered the H1N1 vaccine, and we will schedule a flu clinic once the product arrives. Additional vaccines for the seasonal flu are also on order.

The staff of the College Health Center, resident advisors, and the custodial staff, among others, deserve our thanks for their extra efforts in helping our community address this outbreak. Students have also expressed their gratitude for the flexibility and concern from faculty members in light of these unusual circumstances.

Please continue to check the H1N1 (swine) flu Web page for important information about prevention, treatment and a list of frequently asked questions that will be updated as necessary.

Nancy Thompson
Dean of Students