H1N1 Campus Update – Oct. 13

A second student on campus who had been confirmed with the H1N1 flu virus is now doing well.

A conference call with the director of the R.I. Department of Health on Oct. 8 informed college health officials and communications officers that most of the positive flu cases in the state have been on college campuses. However, in addition to influenza, there are numerous other viruses circulating in the state that are presenting with fever, sore throat, cough, headaches and body aches. The Department of Health and RIC’s Office of Health Services continue to recommend rest, fluids, and self-isolation until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication for all these viral illnesses.

The H1N1 vaccine will be distributed on a priority basis as determined by the Department of Health. Pregnant women, young children and students in grades K through 12 will be immunized before the vaccine is released to college campuses for students through age 24. Older students, faculty and staff will be directed to their primary care provider for the vaccine. Distribution may take several months but the state expects to have enough vaccine for anyone who wants it.

This office will continue to keep the campus informed as updates occur.

Jane Fusco
Director of News and Public Relations/College Spokesperson
Rhode Island College