The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

Reported cases of influenza-like flu increase on campus, vaccinations up

By Yenee Soh

There have been 40 incidents of “influenza-like illness” reported to the college so far this season that required medical treatment-a relatively low level. There is no explicit testing for H1N1 unless a student is severely ill or hospitalized, but if a person comes down with an ILI, it is assumed by most clinics to be H1N1.According to Denise Ward, the director at the Health and Wellness Center, there had been approximately 40 cases of ILI from students, faculty and staff that required medical treatment and are reported. The number of reported ILIs has increased in the past week, which is consistent with what is reported statewide.

Ward also said 250 to 275 students have received seasonal flu vaccinations. The more people vaccinated, Ward said, the more fully protected the Macalester community is. The most important factor in controlling the spread of the virus, Ward said, is the degree to which the campus takes preventative measures such as hand washing and disinfecting personal items and work.

Symptoms such as increased fever, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, rapid or labored breathing, and difficulty swallowing are indications that the ill person should seek immediate medical assistance. For those more interested or concerned, the Health Services has created a web site with influenza information. The Web site provides information on how to prevent the virus and what action to take once an individual becomes ill.

View Comments (11)
More to Discover

Comments (11)

All The Mac Weekly Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • D

    Dan CarrSep 12, 2019 at 3:41 am

    It’s truly a great and useful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • L

    Lisa MurraySep 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  • K

    Kylie DaviesSep 8, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!

  • F

    FreePrintJul 31, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    This is interesting, You’re an extremely skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and search ahead to seeking extra of one’s fantastic post. Furthermore, I ave shared your site in my social networks!

  • N

    NoodlesCompanydiscountcodeJul 30, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Yes, nice publishing but In as well as. You pointed out promote in order to folks that you’ve stated within your article.

  • P

    Peter Piper Pizza CouponsJul 30, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for disclosing the brilliant post. A person talked about the hyperlink developing methods amazingly.

  • S

    SkyZonediscountcodeJul 29, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for discussing the particular brilliant post. The hyperlink was explained by you developing strategies incredibly.