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Update - January 13, 2010

from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

As of January 13, 2010, the number of new cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) being reported across the country continues to decline. However, our preventative strategies should not change. With the onset of the seasonal flu expected soon and an anticipated resurgence of H1N1 in late January, it is important that we continue to minimize the potential impact of illness.

The good news is that both seasonal and H1N1 vaccines are available for everyone. The seasonal vaccine is available through your primary health provider. Free H1N1 vaccine clinics are available throughout the area.

The recommendations for those individuals who develop ILI remain the same. Students, faculty, and staff who are sick should not be in school or at work until they are fever-free for 24 hours. It is important for faculty and their students to discuss this issue at the beginning of the semester, especially as it pertains to attendance and makeup policies.

Keene State College will host a free H1N1 clinic on Monday, January 18, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room, Student Center. This clinic is free and open to everyone.


Semester Wrap-up - December 17, 2009

from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

Unless the situation warrants, this will be the last H1N1 update until mid-January.
No cases of ILI (influenza-like illness)) were reported to the American College Health Association for the week ending December 11, 2009. Over 400 students received the H1N1 vaccine on campus. As of Thursday, December 17, 2009, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services was moved to Tier Four for vaccine distribution. Tier Four distribution means that the H1N1 vaccine is now available to the general public. There is one community clinic planned for this weekend:

  • Sunday Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon
    South Meadow School, 106 Hancock Road (Rt. 202 North), Peterborough, NH

It is anticipated that a resurgence of H1N1 will occur in mid- to late January, coinciding with the expected onset of the seasonal flu. Therefore, vaccination is still an important component of managing these illnesses.

Keene State College is planning to host a H1N1 vaccine clinic on Monday January 18, 2009 from 1 to 5 p.m. for those individuals returning to campus who have not yet received the vaccine.


H1N1 Vaccine Clinics for Students - December 4, 2009

from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

The State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has moved to Tier Three for distribution of the H1N1 vaccine. This tier includes:

  • Anyone from 6 months to 24 years old
  • Anyone 24 to 64 years old with a chronic medical condition

KSC will be hosting three H1N1 vaccination clinics. All students and staff up to age 24 are eligible as well as any students, staff, or faculty who have a chronic medical condition and are 24 to 64 years old. Given the potential risk of H1N1 to the traditional-age college population, we strongly encourage students to receive the vaccine. The vaccination is free. We are planning to distribute 600 doses at each clinic on a first-come, first-served basis. Most eligible individuals will qualify for and receive the flu mist vaccine, which is inhaled rather than injected. The H1N1 vaccine carries the same benefits and risks as the seasonal flu vaccine.

  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Atrium Conference Room, Student Center
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Madison Street Lounge, Student Center
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center
Additional Vaccine Clinic Resources

Campus Update - December 1, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

It appears that the College is seeing a downward trend of ILI (influenza-like illness), with 28 cases reported to American College Health Association for the week ending November 20 and only 4 cases reported for the three days we were open before Thanksgiving. This trend does not signal the end of ILI on campus. Health officials expect another significant wave of H1N1 in mid to late January, which will coincide with the seasonal flu. Therefore, it is critically important that as many students and staff as possible receive the vaccine when it becomes available to the general population.

As of today, vaccine supplies in the State of New Hampshire remain restricted to those 6 months to 24 years of age with chronic medical conditions, and those living with or caring for an infant under the age of 6 months. For those individuals, vaccine is still available and can be accessed by calling the Center for Health and Wellness at 358-2450. In the meantime, plans are under way for general H1N1 vaccine clinics on campus as soon as the vaccine is released. It is my goal to make this happen before the end of the semester.


Campus Update - November 16, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

As of Monday November 16, the Center for Health and Wellness reported an additional 39 cases of ILI to the American College Health Association. While less than the 100 cases we reported last week, this should not be interpreted as significant. We continue to recommend following precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and that students and staff remain in self-isolation if they develop Influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms.

We have received H1N1 vaccine for our "at risk" students and will be vaccinating them this week. Plans continue to develop for a clinic for our general student population when more vaccine becomes available.


Campus Update - November 10, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

As of Monday, Nov. 9, the Center for Health and Wellness reported 100 cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) for the week of November 2 - 6. We appreciate the improvement in students calling instead of walking in to the Center with ILI concerns. We continue to submit requests for H1N1 vaccine for our high-risk students. We have not received any additional shipments of the vaccine since receiving the initial doses for healthcare workers and first responders. We continue to plan for a large-scale H1N1 vaccination clinic when the vaccine becomes available.


Campus Update - November 4, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

ILI (influenza-like illness) is escalating on our campus. We have had 50 students with symptoms of ILI call or visit the Center for Health and Wellness in just the past two days. Any sick students who would like to discuss their symptoms with a nurse should call the Center for Health and Wellness at 358-2450. Please do not walk into the clinic without calling first. The Center is trying to minimize the spread of the virus by limiting clinic visitors to those who need a personal medical assessment.

Class Attendance Policy: Students, Please Read This! It is extremely important for students to communicate with their professors if they become sick. Faculty will continue to work with students but will not compromise the overall integrity of the class. Therefore, even with ILI, if too many classes are missed to meet the requirements of the class, students may not be able to successfully complete the course. Please keep in mind that the last day to drop a class with a “W” (withdrawal) is Friday, November 13, 2009. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Gail Zimmerman, by email gzimmerman@keene.edu or phone (358-2841). .


Campus Update - November 2, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

The Center for Health and Wellness is seeing an increasing number of cases of influenza-like illness (ILI). Now that H1N1 has been confirmed on campus (as of last week), we will no longer be testing, and students who have symptoms typical of influenza will simply receive a diagnosis of ILI. Although the numbers are still relatively small, we are concerned that we will see significantly more illness prior to the availability of the H1N1 vaccine. We are hoping to receive vaccine for our high-risk students this week and will notify those students as soon as we have it. Please remain vigilant in your cough etiquette, do not share drinks, wash your hands frequently, and if you become ill, please remain out of class and work until your fever has subsided for 24 hours.


Campus Update - October 26, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

As of Monday, Oct. 26, we have had two confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza on campus. Both of these students are recovering well. Although we have now confirmed the presence of the virus on campus, our response to the situation remains exactly the same as it has been. If you do become ill, please monitor symptoms carefully. Although most cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) are mild, it is critical to seek medical conditions if symptoms become worse.

Students and staff who have ILI symptoms should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours.

At the request of the New Hampshire Public Health Office, we will no longer be testing on campus, since H1N1 is already confirmed. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is still reporting a very limited supply of H1N1 vaccine in the state. The Center for Health and Wellness will continue to submit weekly orders for our at-risk students and will notify them as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, continue all of your good work in preventing the spread of the virus.


Campus Update - October 20, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

Although we continue to see many sick students in the clinic, the College has seen few cases of influenza-like illness (ILI). There have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 as of this date. Three tests were sent to the laboratory yesterday, Oct. 19, and results are pending. The H1N1 vaccine is still scarce at this point and vaccine has been ordered for the highest-risk recipients. The most recent prediction for availability of H1N1 vaccine for the general student population is the end of November or early December. In the meantime, it is critical that prevention and intervention strategies continue to be observed.


Campus Update - October 13, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

We began random testing of students who had symptoms of influenza-like illness (ILI) last week. So far, we have not had a confirmed positive H1N1 test. Please check our Alerts website at any time for more information on the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

In the meantime, we are planning to hold a large-scale immunization clinic for the H1N1 influenza virus as soon as it becomes available, probably several weeks from now. High-risk students will be given the highest priority, followed by the general student population. Opportunities for staff and faculty to receive the H1N1 vaccine may come after the vaccination of the students. Our information indicates that the vaccine will be paid for by the government with no charge to recipients. We are currently surveying the KSC student population to determine how many students are interested in receiving the H1N1 vaccine.

We will update you on the availability of the H1N1 vaccine as soon as we receive that information.


Campus Update - October 5, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

We continue to see some influenza-like illness (ILI) on campus. At the recommendation of the local New Hampshire Public Health nurse, we will be doing some limited testing to confirm that the ILI we are seeing on campus is actually H1N1. Tests will be sent to the lab in Concord. Due to this change in procedure, we will not be reporting actual numbers at this time. We have not changed our response or recommendations for those students we believe have ILI and we will not necessarily be testing every student.

We expect to have some vaccine for H1N1 available on campus within the next few weeks. We will first notify the high-risk students who have identified themselves, and we will hold a large-scale clinic for students as soon as we receive sufficient amounts of vaccine. We will notify you when we have more information.


Campus Update - September 28, 2009
from Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness

During the week of September 21, we identified 21 cases among KSC students, which were reported to the American College Health Association ILI surveillance. All of the students were advised to go home to recover.

The College continues to remind faculty and staff that it is important to remain at home if they become sick. This isolation is required in order to control the spread of the illness, not necessarily because of how ill people might feel. If you do become ill, please monitor symptoms carefully. Although most cases of ILI are mild, it is critical to seek medical conditions if symptoms become worse.

The final seasonal flu vaccine clinic will be Friday, October 2, from 11-1 in the Student Center Room 308. The cost is $25 for staff and $15 for students and you may pay in advance.


Campus Update - September 21, 2009

As of today, Monday, September 21, 2009, we have identified 12 cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) on campus. These cases were ones that were either diagnosed via phone triage with a clinical staff member in the Center for Health and Wellness or were seen by a provider in the clinic. All of these students were encouraged to go home or to self-isolate in their rooms. We had a great turnout for our first two seasonal flu vaccine clinics, with over 280 doses given, 90% of which were to students.

Although H1N1 vaccine is expected to be released shortly, we have no clarity as to when and how much we will be receiving at KSC. We will notify you as soon as we know more.

Please be sure to refer to our FAQ page for more information.As reported by Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness


Campus Update - September 16, 2009

As of Monday, September 14, 2009, we have not seen influenza-like illness (ILI) on campus. We have seen a significant number of sore throats and colds. We had a great turnout for our first seasonal flu vaccine clinic with over 110 doses given, 90% of which were to students. Although students in other colleges have become sick with ILI, they seem to be recovering rather quickly. Our first response to ILI when it arrives will still be to advise the sick student to go home. Please be sure to refer to our FAQ page for more information.As reported by Christine Burke, Director, Health and Wellness


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