Student Health Service starts weekly flu updates today

Madonna McDermott, director of the University of St. Thomas Student Health Service and Wellness Center, today posted the first of what will be a series of weekly updates on H1N1 flu (or Influenza-Like Illness).

The update is posted on St. Thomas' Pandemic Web site. This is the university's 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.  

In today's update on the Pandemic site, McDermott reports that St. Thomas has had 32 cases since the start of the semester and that most students with the flu have recovered and have returned to their classes.

She also announces that H1N1 vaccinations will begin when the vaccine becomes available, which likely will be mid-October, and that seasonal influenza clinics for students, staff and faculty start this Friday, Sept. 18.

The update includes the times, dates and locations of the seasonal flu clinics.

McDermott said the goal is to complete the seasonal-type flu clinics prior to the mid-October release of the H1N1 vaccine.