FAQ for Personal Preparedness
Wash your hands with soap and water
Cough and sneeze into your elbow
Do not share utensils, drinks, or personal items
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Get enough sleep and eat nutritious food
H1N1 Flu Vaccine Available update January 15
It’s not too late to vaccinate for the H1N1 flu. Schedule an appointment for a free H1N1 vaccine by calling Health Services at 559-5458 for an appointment. Although the H1N1 pandemic has retreated from the headlines, this flu season is far from over. Flu is unpredictable, and the H1N1 virus spreads in waves quickly among college students.
327 H1N1 vaccines were given to Hampshire College students, faculty, and staff last semester and there is enough vaccine now available for everyone to be vaccinated. People with asthma and other chronic health conditions are at particular high risk for prolonged illness or complications and should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.
H1N1 Flu Vaccine Available update November 24
H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine is available for all students and staff at Health Services from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. on Monday - Friday beginning Nov. 30 through Dec. 17 while supplies last.
If you cannot come at the designated walk-in hours, call Health Services at 413.559.5458 to schedule an appointment at another time. The vaccine is free and we expect to have both the H1N1 nasal spray and the inactivated H1N1 flu shots.
For more information about the vaccines go to: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/general.htm.
H1N1 Flu Walk-in Vaccine Clinics at Hampshire Health Services update November 16-20
Free H1N1 (swine) Flu Shots are available at Health Services this week for students and staff up to age 64 who have health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from influenza, pregnancy, or are living with an infant under 6 months old.
H1N1 Nasal Spray Vaccine is available for healthy students or employees ages 24 or younger. Walk-in hours on Nov 16-20 are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday 3:30-5 p.m. For more information about the H1N1 flu vaccines go to http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/general.htm.
Seasonal Flu Clinic update November 16
Maxim Health Systems is doing a seasonal flu shot clinic on Monday, Nov 16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Mass Campus Center open to everyone age 9 and over. Cost is $30 and insurance is accepted. For more info go to: http://www.umass.edu/uhs/services/publichealth/
H1N1 Flu Walk-in Vaccine Clinics at Hampshire Health Services update November 12
Health Services has a limited number of vaccines available during the walk-in vaccination hours for any employee ages 24 or younger and any employee who is pregnant or caring for an infant under 6 months of age.
H1N1 Flu Walk-in Vaccine Clinics at Hampshire Health Services update November 11
Wednesday, November 11, from 9-10 a.m. and Thursday Nov 12 from 1-3 p.m., Health Services will have a walk-in flu vaccine clinic for students ages 24 and younger. The H1N1 vaccines are free and students do not need to schedule an appointment. We are vaccinating high risk students ages 24 and younger with the inactivated H1N1 shot and have a limited amount of the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine for healthy students age 24 and younger.
For more info re these vaccines please go to http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/general.htm.
H1N1 Flu Vaccine for Students at High Risk update November 9
Monday Nov 9, 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday Nov 10, 10-11:30 a.m., Hampshire Health Services will have H1N1 Flu Vaccine Walk-in Clinics for students age 24 and younger who are at high risk for flu complications. The H1N1 flu vaccine is free and no appointment is needed.
Please do not call Health Services because we are currently swamped with phone calls related to ill students. If you have questions about H1N1 vaccines please go to the CDC's H1N1 Vaccination website.
High risk students will be given the inactivated H1N1 shot. Students at high risk for complications of H1N1 flu are those who are pregnant, or who have asthma, diabetes, cerebral palsy, chronic heart, lung, or kidney problems, or are taking medications which suppress the immune system.
We expect to receive more vaccine over the next few weeks and will then be able to vaccinate all students.
Hampshire College H1N1 Flu Update October 26-30
The week of Oct 26-30, Hampshire College students had 17 cases of flu, with no hospitalizations or complications. Monday, November 2, we had 7 cases of flu with more students reporting flu symptoms compared to the previous week. Please don't go to class if you have flu symptoms and please call Health Services so you can be scheduled for an appointment that day. Health Services is receiving small numbers of H1N1 vaccine.
Hampshire College H1N1 Flu Update October 27
As of Oct 27, the 9th week of the fall semester, there have been 13 students diagnosed with influenza-like illness at Hampshire College so far this academic year. Last week was the largest number, with 5 students diagnosed. All students have recovered within 4-7 days with no hospitalizations or serious complications.
H1N1 Vaccine Update October 24
Hampshire College has plans in place to immunize all interested students for the 2009 H1N1 influenza. We hope to begin H1N1 immunizations within the first two weeks in November. Because vaccine is now being released in limited quantities, students at high risk for getting flu will receive the H1N1 vaccine first.
High-risk students include the student EMT group, students who are pregnant and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, cerebral palsy or decreased immunity. If you are someone who should be on the high-risk list and has not yet contacted Health Services, tell them to call (413.559.5458) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When H1N1 vaccine is generally available on campus, Health Services will notify the campus community and student families via emails, website and the family blog.
Flu- related Services at Hampshire
Students with flu receive additional campus services to help them recover and to minimize infectious exposure to other students. Services for students with flu include: food delivery to their room, daily phone check-in and medical care from Health Services, emails to professors re class absences, a flu self care kit, and daily check-in from Student Life dean on call. Students who live within a reasonable driving distance from home have been encouraged to go home to recover. The College will notify professors for students who are able to recover from flu at home.
Hampshire College Health Services provides medical treatment for students from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. In addition, the Hampshire student emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have been trained in a flu protocol and are providing triage and flu care kits to students on evening and weekends. Students who need medical evaluation on weekends and evenings are referred to the UMass Health Services daily until midnight or the Cooley-Dickenson Hospital Emergency Department.
|Recognizing Flu Symptoms|
Flu symptoms include sudden onset of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, congestion, and body aches.
Flu symptoms are similar to the common cold, just much more severe and sudden.
Students have been notified about flu prevention and campus services through posters in dorms and email messages; however, families, friends, staff and faculty play a vital role in encouraging care. If your student tells you about flu-like symptoms, please encourage a phone call to Health Services (413.559.5458) to we can provide them appropriate medical care and campus services.
October 23, 2009 Update
Hampshire College has had no confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1, but we have seen an increase in influenza-like illnesses within the past two weeks. We currently have five students recovering either at home or in isolation on campus.
Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic at University of Massachusetts Update October 1
Maxim Health Systems at the University of Massachusetts offered two seasonal flu shot clinics for the general public.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., in the UMass Campus Center auditorium. Clinics were open to those 9 and older. To be vaccinated, you must not have a severe cold, fever or acute illness; not have an allergy to eggs or the preservative thimerosal. Cost is $30.
Seasonal Flu Update
Due to nationwide supply delays, Hampshire College's Health Services dispensed all our seasonal flu vaccine. We expect more in late October and will keep the campus informed of flu vaccine clinics for both seasonal and the H1N1 flu vaccines.
Hampshire College H1N1 Flu Information
As the new year opens, Hampshire College has been planning how to best respond to the possibility of a resurgence of the novel H1N1 (swine) flu infection within the campus community. Learn more >
Influenza A H1N1 Information and Resources from Spring 2009