In week 6 of the semester, University Health Services (UHS) evaluated 43 students with influenza-like illness (ILI). Between Oct. 4 and Oct.10, ILI encounters represented 4.6 percent of all visits to the primary care clinic. In week 5, there were 58 ILI encounters.
“Influenza activity on campus seems to be pretty quiet right now,” says Sarah Van Orman, M.D., executive director of University Health Services, “looking at both activity in the clinic and anecdotal reports.”
“But as the temporary closing of the Wisconsin Dells school district last week demonstrated, H1N1 influenza is still active in the state. And it can still be very disruptive to people’s schedules and to school operations.”
Van Orman will appear tonight on WSUM radio to talk about the flu season so far, how H1N1 has affected students, and UHS’s plans for H1N1 vaccination clinics. “On Wisconsin” airs on WSUM 91.7 FM on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.
UHS services are available to all enrolled UW–Madison graduate and undergraduate students. For an appointment or urgent medical advice, call (608) 265-5600.