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.
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.
Friday, December 11, 2009
H1N1 Flu Shots Available On-Campus
Augustana will host an H1N1 flu vaccination clinic in the Morrison Commons (Back Alley) on Tuesday, December 15, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. This public health event is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Health along with Sanford Health, Avera Health and Regional Health. This December 15 flu clinic is the College’s second major opportunity for students to receive H1N1 flu vaccine this fall semester. H1N1 flu shots are completely voluntary, and there is no charge for the vaccination. Because the vaccine is being made available free of charge by the SD Department of Health, this flu clinic is open to the public.
Augustana urges everyone to receive flu shots as an effective measure to prevent the spread of flu-like-illnesses. This is a particularly important time for students to be immunized as most will be travelling over the holiday break—including many students who will be travelling and studying abroad during January Term and Spring Semester.
The College reminds students that seasonal flu shots are also available on-campus at Student Health & Counseling Services (refer to the December 3, advisory, below). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that any individual who previously suffered from a suspected case of H1N1 without a lab confirmation should still receive the H1N1 vaccine.
To speed up the vaccination process on Tuesday, December 15, you are encouraged to complete the “Flu Vaccination Clinic Information Form.” Bring the completed form to the flu clinic. Blank forms will also be available on Tuesday in the Back Alley.
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.
- Augustana ran out of the seasonal flu vaccine more than two weeks ago. We expect to have vaccine available for students by mid-November.
- 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.
- A flu shot clinic will be scheduled on-campus in early- to mid-November.
- 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.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The following information was emailed to students from Tracy Riddle, Dean of Students Office
Many of you have made contact with the Dean of Students Office today regarding influenza-like illnesses. The College is seeing an increased number of flu cases since last week. In fact, because Augustana is participating in a nationwide flu surveillance effort sponsored by the American College Health Association, we are keeping track of influenza-like-illness and reporting this information every week. Last week we reported 34 cases of the flu and we expect a significant increase this week.
Here is what you need to know—if you have flu-like symptoms:
- You should not go to class or eat in the Dining Room or Huddle.
- If your home is a reasonable distance from college, you strongly urge you to go home. This allows you to be more comfortable and helps keep your classmates from getting sick.
- Students who are unable to go home, should self-isolate in their room. Please notify your PA or Hall Director immediately. In situations where the "ill" student has a roommate, our staff will assist the "well" roommate in finding temporary housing.
- Meals to go/sick trays from dining services will be handled on a case to case basis. Soups, clear beverages and light snacks will be prepared for pick up by friends/classmates. This can be done by calling the Dining Room 605.274.4409, or Huddle 605.274.4416. Those picking up meals for others will need to have the sick student's ID number.
- Most students who are ill with the flu are normally sick from 3 to 5 days. Please contact your professors through e-mail.
- If you have not been seen by a nurse at Student Health Services , please report your condition by email at: email@example.com.
Here is what you need to know—if you don't have flu-like symptoms:
- Wash your hands, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.
- If you know students with flu-like symptoms, visit them often through facebook (www.facebook.com).
- Help out a sick student by taking notes for them or picking up their meals from the Dining Room/Huddle.
We are on your team. Let us know if we can be helpful to you in any way !!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Augustana is now seeing increasing numbers of students, faculty and staff with flu-like symptoms and we expect that trend to continue with increasing numbers this fall semester. In addition to taking good care of your own health, we also have a collective responsibility to each other to minimize the spread of the illness. You can do this by taking the following actions.
- Practice good hand hygiene and cover coughs and sneezes.
- Please, if you are experiencing flu-like-symptoms, stay in your room/home, do not go to class/work, and avoid attending group activities like athletic events, and eating in the Commons and local restaurants.
- Inform the College when you are experiencing a flu-like-illness (fever > 100° AND cough and/or sore throat). In an effort to monitor the extent to which our campus is being affected by the flu, we are asking students, faculty and staff to contact Student Health & Counseling Services – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: 605.274.5552 (leave a message if no answer); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get a flu shot. Seasonal flu shots have been available to students for the past month at Student Health & Counseling Services. Because the demand for seasonal flu shots has been so great, we recently ran out of vaccine. We expect a new shipment to arrive soon. Please call Student Health & Counseling Services at 605.274.5552 to place your name on a waiting list for the seasonal flu vaccine.
We anticipate that H1N1 vaccine will be available for higher-risk populations by late October. Persons identified to be at higher risk are young adults between the ages of 19 to 24, pregnant women, persons who have existing medical conditions (heart condition, asthma, diabetes, etc.), and persons working in health care and child care settings. Eligible students in high-risk populations will be notified by e-mail when the vaccine is available.
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009
The following information has been emailed to students and they were reminded again during Validation process (Sept. 8th) on campus.
STUDENT SEASONAL FLU SHOT CLINICS (Students Only!)
TUES., SEPT. 8 8:30-3:00 Siverson Lounge (Commons)
WED., SEPT. 16 9:00-2:00 Siverson Lounge (Commons)
Flu shots will also be available in the Student Health & Counseling Office (located in Solberg Hall) beginning Wed., Sept. 9. The nurse is 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. Visit www.augie.edu/flu for flu information.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The following information was emailed to current students.
Dear Augie Students;
My purpose in contacting you today is to share information about Augustana's 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.
We have also been posting flu advisories on the College's website. I urge you to click on www.augie.edu/flu. Also and most importantly, two announcements about flu shots and general flu prevention information appear on your student portal (under Augie Life announcements).
Dean of Students