Parents—Flu Information

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Augustana continues to urge everyone to receive flu shots (for both H1N1 flu and seasonal flu) as an effective measure to prevent the spread of flu-like illnesses. We continue to anticipate a likely wave of flu later this winter and/or early spring.

For students:
Student Health & Counseling Services, located in Solberg Hall is giving flu shots during normal office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:30 -2:30 p.m. H1N1 flu shots are free of charge. The cost for a seasonal flu shot is $13.60 and will be billed to your Augustana account. You cannot bill this to insurance.

For family members:
An H1N1 flu vaccination event is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, at MariCar Community Center, 400 North Valley View Road in Sioux Falls. This flu shot clinic will run from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Email to Parents regarding H1N1 Flu Shots Available On Campus

Dear Augustana Parents,
Today is "Reading Day" on campus. Final exams begin tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 8:00 a.m. So, it's a pretty quiet day at Augustana as students are studying for tests and preparing papers and presentations.

My purpose for contacting you this afternoon is to make you aware that Augustana's flu advisory Web site was updated earlier today with news that we are offering an H1N1 flu shot clinic next week before students return home for the holiday break.

You might be aware that we experienced a major wave of the flu (affecting 15% of our student body) in late October. We were pleased when 500 students received H1N1 flu vaccine in mid-November. We are hopeful that many more will receive flu shots next week.

We feel strongly that students should receive the flu vaccine prior to leaving the campus for the winter holidays. Flu shots are advisable when so many are traveling—an effective way to help prevent (or slow down) spreading the disease to families and communities and to protect students in the event of another wave of H1N1 that public health officials believe may hit our part of the country in January. We therefore encourage you to consider advising your student to get an H1N1 flu shot in order to not only protect themselves from illness but to also prevent the spread of flu to family and friends at home and to classmates when they return to campus in January.

The free H1N1 flu shots will be given on Tuesday, December 15th, 1:00-6:00 pm. Click here for details.

We also anticipate that a strain of seasonal flu will also impact the campus this winter. Seasonal flu shots continue to be available at our Health & Counseling Services office.

On behalf of our faculty and staff, I thank you for sharing your son/daughter with us.
Best wishes to you and your family this Christmas! 

Jim Bies
Dean of Students

voice: 605-274-4124
fax: 605-274-4901

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Here is the most current information available concerning flu shots for students, faculty and staff. The vaccine for both strains of the flu (seasonal and H1N1) is strongly recommended as a primary prevention for “Influenza-Like-Illnesses.

Seasonal Flu Shots
Effective immediately, seasonal flu vaccine is available for students. Flu shots are available in the Student Health & Counseling Office (located in Solberg Hall). Medical staff will be available from 8:30-1:00 and 1:30-2:30 weekdays.

The cost of the shot is $13.60 and will be billed to your Augie account. You cannot bill this to insurance.

H1N1 Flu Shots
Two flu clinics with free H1N1 vaccine are scheduled for December 3, in Sioux Falls at Washington High School and Roosevelt High School. The flu shots will be available beginning at 4:30 and ending at 8:00 p.m. (or earlier if the vaccine supply is run out). The Health Department expects that each high school site will have 800 to 900 doses of vaccine. Health officials ask that you not arrive before 4:15 p.m.

The distribution of the vaccine is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to bring personal identification and be prepared to answer a few health-related questions. These public flu clinics are for anyone 6 months to 24 years, adults 25 to 64 with chronic conditions, pregnant women, health and emergency workers, and caregivers of infants under 6 months.

Augustana College expects that H1N1 vaccine will again be made available to all students, faculty and staff in the near future when the SD Department of Health receives vaccine for the entire population.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A limited number (500 doses) of H1N1 nasal mist and injection-type vaccines will be offered on Thursday, November 12, 2009. The vaccines will be distributed from 2:00 through 6:00 p.m. (or until the supply runs out) in the Morrison Commons’ Back Alley. The distribution of the vaccine is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to bring your Augie I.D. and be prepared to answer a few health-related questions.

The South Dakota Department of Health is making the H1N1 vaccine free to Augustana College. Because the supply is limited, the vaccine will be given to those who meet the Centers for Disease Control’s high-risk priority groups defined as Tier 1 and Tier 2 priorities – see below.

  • Tier 1: pregnant women, students/faculty/staff in healthcare settings
  • Tier 2: students (24 yrs and younger), persons of any age with a health condition that put them in a higher risk for flu related complications

We recommend that most people should be vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine regardless of whether they had a flu-like illness earlier in the semester. If you had H1N1 flu, confirmed by an RT-PCR test, you should have some immunity and can choose not to get the H1N1 vaccine. It is important for you to be aware that any immunity from a previous H1N1 influenza infection or vaccination will not provide protection against the seasonal flu. For protection from seasonal flu, you should still get the seasonal flu vaccine.

This week’s shipment of H1N1 vaccine is the first to be received by the College. Augustana expects to receive additional supplies of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines this fall semester.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

After experiencing a major wave of flu-like illnesses on the campus in the past 7-10 days, we believe that the number of illnesses has peaked for at least the present time. Reported cases of the flu have decreased in the past 24 hours as we prepare for a welcomed mid-semester break (October 24-27). Furthermore, we are seeing that students who have been ill earlier are recovering in less than a week.

Many have inquired about the availability for flu shots. The following information provides you with an overview about flu vaccination opportunities on our campus. As more detailed information becomes available in the near future, we’ll communicate this immediately on the Web site.

  1. Augustana ran out of the seasonal flu vaccine more than two weeks ago. We expect to have vaccine available for students by mid-November.
  2. Members of the College’s Flu Task Force met with representatives of an emergency preparedness task force within our local community to determine potential dates and a location to administer the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine since Augustana has a large target population. Target populations are groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which should receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it is available to the College. In general, people ages six months to 24 years are identified as a target population.
  3. A flu shot clinic will be scheduled on-campus in early- to mid-November.
  4. We can expect that students and staff, ages 24 years or younger, and others identified in high risk health groups can receive the H1N1 vaccine at no charge.

Augustana reminds everyone that vigilance is still needed even if the risk for contracting the flu appears low right now. Public health officials urge all of us to remember the flu risk has not passed, nor has it hit its peak. We still believe that the normal seasonal flu season (November through February) will affect all of us at Augustana College. Please continue to use the same good practices that have protected you and limited the spread of the flu virus to others.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The following information was emailed in a Parent E-news to parents of current students.

Flu season arrives early. What we know. What we are doing about it.
Augustana College is reporting that cases of flu-like illnesses are appearing on campus and we expect that trend to continue with increasing numbers this fall semester. To date, the cases of flu-like-illness that we are seeing appear to be Influenza A, similar to the seasonal flu we experience during typical flu seasons. So far, no H1N1 Flu cases have been identified.

What we know at this time about the H1N1 Flu is that it is not a virulent strain of influenza. In fact, the severity of the illness is quite similar to strains of seasonal flu. However, the H1N1 Flu is affecting many more children and younger adults (17- to 24-year-olds) and, because of its highly contagious nature, the illness is spreading very rapidly.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The following information was emailed to parents of current students.

Dear Augie Parent;

With the beginning of the school year just a week away, we are anxious to welcome back our upperclassmen and to embrace our new freshman class. It has been a long summer of preparation and we are ready to begin.

My purpose in contacting you today is to share information about our planning for the prospect of what might be a very interesting flu season. With current public health advisories indicating the potential for large numbers of H1N1 and seasonal flu cases in these coming months, Augustana has been carefully planning ways in which we can reduce the number of seriously ill students, faculty and staff. We are also creating strategies to minimize disruption to classes and other college activities.

Since last spring, an Augustana College task force has monitored the H1N1 Flu situation with a particular emphasis on the Upper Midwest region of the country. Though we feel fortunate to be located in a region with relatively low numbers of confirmed cases, we are alert to how important preparedness and good communication will be when this new school year begins. We have been posting flu advisories on the College's website. I urge you to click on A flu advisory was posted on-line earlier today.

Will you join us in our efforts to assist your son or daughter to have a healthy experience at Augustana this year? For example, consider packing extra bottles of hand sanitizer and alcohol-based wipes for your student as they prepare to return to the campus for fall semester classes. In addition, help us by emphasizing the preventive measures and procedures on the flu advisory website and other recommendations listed here:

  • Practice effective personal hygiene by washing and sanitizing hands often during the day, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough-sneeze into your shoulder or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active and eat nutritious meals.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay away from others, don't attend class or go to work, and call the Student Health & Counseling Services office. Call home too.
  • Get a flu shot. Augustana will offer flu shot clinics on campus this fall. We anticipate offering vaccine for the seasonal flu in September and we believe the H1N1 Flu vaccine will be available in late October or early November.

On behalf of our faculty and staff, we are grateful that you have entrusted your son or daughter with us. We look forward to being a part of their journey during this coming year.

Best regards,


Jim Bies
Dean of Students
Augustana College

voice: 605-274-4124
fax: 605-274-4901