H1N1 Update for Nov. 9

To: The Bates Community
From: Christy Tisdale, director of health services, and Tedd Goundie, dean of students
Date: Nov. 9, 2009

Dear Members of the Bates Community,

As of Nov. 6, there have been 281 students diagnosed with ILI this semester and, following the CDC guidelines, presumed to have had H1N1. There are only three students who are currently ill with ILI, each of whom is recuperating at home. Our protocol for treating students with H1N1 remains unchanged. Only students with multiple roommates will be placed in isolation houses, all others will be asked to self isolate in the residence halls or return home. After a hiatus of a couple of weeks, students have resumed their work in the local community in schools and other agencies.

Contrary to our most recent report to the community, we no longer expect to receive more H1N1 vaccine in the near future. There is a national shortage that is greater than was anticipated. We have a very limited supply of the injectable H1N1 vaccine left and that will only be used for students with chronic illnesses who have not received the vaccine to date. Those students should come to the Health Center and review their medical data by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009. If the student meets our criteria, an H1N1 vaccine will be administered. Any remaining vaccine will then be returned to our distribution center.

Since fall recess we have seen an average of less than one new case reported per day, and barring any significant changes in this pattern, we expect this to be our last update concerning H1N1. Once again we thank all students, parents, staff and faculty who helped us through this difficult period.

With our wishes for good health for all,

Christy Tisdale
Director of Health Services

Tedd Goundie
Dean of Students

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