Flu cases on the rise here; chart offers advice if you feel ill

Madonna McDermott, director of the University of St. Thomas Student Health Service and Wellness Center, reports that the university has seen 49 new cases of H1N1 illness this past week, up from the 28 new cases that were reported here the previous week.

That brings the total number of cases for the fall semester to 137. Most of the cases continue to be relatively mild, McDermott reports, and the majority of students with the flu have recovered and returned to classes.

McDermott's weekly update is now posted on university's Pandemic Web site.  Be sure to check the update if you are not feeling well. She includes a link to what is called the "University of St. Thomas H1N1 Student Triage Protocol."  It is a step-by-step chart that shows what steps you should take if you are not feeling well.

McDermott also announced that the university is expecting a shipment of H1N1 vaccine, but the exact date of arrival is not yet known. As soon as it arrives, she says, dates will be announced for on-campus H1N1 flu-shot clinics.

The Pandemic Web site is St. Thomas' designated site for sharing flu-related announcements to students, staff and faculty.  If information needs to be shared sooner than on a weekly basis, announcements will be made in Bulletin Today or sent via a Bulletin Update e-mail.