Number of flu cases continues to decline

In her weekly H1Ni influenza report to the University of St. Thomas community, Madonna McDermott, director of the Student Health Service and Wellness Center, said 42 new cases of flu were reported last week. That compares to 115 during the week of Oct. 21. 

A total of 491 cases now have been reported.  "It does appear that the H1N1 influenza activity on the St. Thomas campus is declining," she said. "What is not yet known is whether or not there will be a resurgence of activity at a later date."

Students are reminded that a mobile triage (screening) unit has opened between the Morrison and Brady residence halls on the north campus.

More information about what is being called the "Tommie Triage Trailer" can be found in McDermott's weekly update on the university's Pandemic Web site. This is St. Thomas' designated site for sharing flu-related announcements to students, staff and faculty. 

McDermott also noted that the Student Health Service is still awaiting its first shipment of H1N1 vaccine.  She urges students with underlying medical conditions to obtain this vaccination through their primary-care provider if possible.