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ILI cases decrease heading into Thanksgiving; Vaccine now available to students 24 and under

Cases of influenza-like illness continue to decrease at University Health Services as campus heads into Thanksgiving weekend.

In addition, H1N1 vaccine is now available at UHS to registered UW-Madison students who are age 24 and under, pregnant, have a “high risk” medical condition, are a caregiver to an infant less than 6 months of age, or are a health care worker.

In Week 12 of the fall semester (Nov. 15–21), UHS evaluated 35 students for influenza-like illness, down from 46 in the previous week. ILI encounters made up 2.6 percent of all primary care visits, again the lowest percentage since the semester began.

“We are seeing some positive signs on H1N1 and are hopeful that these trends will continue through finals,” says UHS director Sarah Van Orman. “To make it happen, we encourage everyone to receive H1N1 vaccine, either this week or upon their return to campus after the Thanksgiving Holiday.”

More information on additional UHS vaccine clinics will be available during the week of Nov. 30.

Vaccine is free and available without appointment at UHS, 333 East Campus Mall, 6th floor Green Clinic. Complete details on vaccine are available via UHS.

With Thanksgiving travel on the minds of many students, UHS epidemiologist Craig Roberts is also reminding students, faculty and staff not to travel home by public transportation, if suffering from flu-like symptoms. Likewise, if you become  ill at home, wait until you’re fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) before returning to campus.

If you’re ill in University Housing, please contact your Residence Hall staff for assistance during the holiday weekend.

Also note that because of the holiday and university-wide furlough day, UHS will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, UHS will be open as usual: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

On weekends and holidays, urgent medical advice is available from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. by calling (608) 265-5600. In case of a medical emergency, call 911. Mental health crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling (608) 265-5600.

Link to Week 12: Nov. 15-21 (PDF)

Read more about ILI reporting background