Number of new flu cases on campus drops to 13 for the week

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 the number of flu cases on campus this past week has dropped to 13. That compares to 42 the previous week, and to more than 100 during the week of Oct. 21.

 She also reports that St. Thomas expects to receive its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine shortly. When it arrives, the Student Health Service will make the announcement in Bulletin Today and on the university's Pandemic Web site. This is St. Thomas' designated site for sharing flu-related announcements to students, staff and faculty.

Initially, the vaccine only will be given to individuals in certain groups, such as pregnant women, health-care workers who have direct contact with patients, and children and adolescents with certain medical conditions.

More details about those groups are in McDermott's weekly report on the Pandemic Web site.