Cowell Student Health Center continues to see a fair number of students presenting with mild to moderate flu-like symptoms. The Health Center has advised close to 100 students to self isolate since September 21, 2009. Our students have on average isolated for 2 to 3 days with mild to moderate flu symptoms. Students have recovered well and have had no serious complications.
Cowell Student Health Center has registered with the state to provide the H1N1 vaccine. The Santa Clara Public Health Department notified the community it will receive 8,800 doses this week. Since this initial vaccine shipment is smaller than planned, our local Health Department has determined pediatric and high-risk pregnant patients will get the vaccine first. We therefore do not anticipate receiving any H1N1 vaccine with this shipment. The Health Department is unable to let us know if or when we may receive vaccine due to continued delays in vaccine production. If you have an underlying medical condition which puts you at high-risk for complications related to the flu, we suggest you contact your primary care physician regarding H1N1 vaccine availability.
The Center for Disease Control continues to stress the importance of everyday preventive actions: covering your cough/sneeze, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick and getting vaccinated.