Taking a Shot

Update on H1N1, next clinic Thursday
Posted by: Bryan McNulty on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

To: Bates Students
From: Christy Tisdale, director of health services, and Tedd Goundie, dean of students
Date: Oct. 13, 2009

Dear Bates Students,

As of Tuesday evening, 115 cases of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) have been reported to Bates Health Services. In line with Maine CDC guidelines, all are being treated with H1N1 protocols. The recovery period is generally three to five days. There have been no complications to date.

As previously noted in e-mail, students who have not already been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at New Commons for the next vaccination clinic, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday Oct. 15 at Chase Hall Lounge. The Thursday clinic will administer the remaining doses of the nasal-spray vaccine as well as injectable doses.

Students receive either oral or nasal vaccines in Chase Hall Lounge, administered by the Northern  New England Metropolitan Medical Response System, a unit that responds to public health issues and mass casualties.

Emily Kuehn '10 in maroon shirt receives injection from Steve Doczy-Bordi;
Andrew Johnson '10 in black hat receives injection from Natea Contreres;
James O'Keefe '10 in black jacket receives oral dose from Kris Fish; 
Amanda Kesselman '10 (redhead) receives nasal dose from Kris Fish; and 
Miljan Zecevic '10 receives injection from Steve Doczy-Bordi.

During a Chase Lounge clinic, Miljan Zecevic ’10 of Pljevlja, Montenegro, receives an H1N1 vaccine injection. As the number of students with H1N1 flu topped 250 in October, Bates implemented its H1N1 protocols: education about prevention strategies; isolation of ill students; and vaccinations, with the Maine Center for Disease Control giving more than 1,000 injectable and nasal-spray vaccines to Bates specifically due to the large number of campus cases. Administering this flu shot is Steve Doczy-Bordi of the Northern New England Metropolitan Medical Response System. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen.

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