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Week 14: More than 1,500 students vaccinated at the SERF

December 7, 2009, 5:12 pm

More than 1,500 students received H1N1 influenza vaccinations at the SERF on Friday, bringing the total number of students vaccinated against “swine flu” by University Health Services (UHS) this season to more than 4,500.

“We were very pleased with the turnout,” says Sarah Van Orman, M.D., executive director of UHS. “Even though it was a snowy Friday, we had a steady stream of students coming in all day, and we were vaccinating two or three hundred people every hour.” Read more »

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UW-Madison students: Get an H1N1 shot TODAY, 10 A.M.-4P.M. at the SERF

December 2, 2009, 2:12 pm

University of Wisconsin-Madison students aged 24 and under are encouraged to come to the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) on Friday, Dec. 4, to get a free H1N1 flu shot in a flash.

With approximately 4,000 doses of vaccine available and the end of the semester approaching, University Health Services (UHS) has scheduled a large-scale “FlashVax” clinic to vaccinate students against H1N1 influenza (also known as “swine flu”).

The FlashVax clinic is scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or until supply is exhausted. No appointment is needed, just a valid student ID. The SERF is located at 715 W. Dayton St. Guest students, faculty and staff are not eligible to receive vaccine at this event. Read more »

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

November 23, 2009, 3:11 pm

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.” Read more »

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H1N1 at UW-Madison: Update for parents

October 14, 2009, 11:10 am

The following article is included in the October edition of the UW-Madison Parent Program Newsletter.

UW-Madison had prepared for the possibility that the fall semester would include an outbreak of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, based on predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All these planning efforts were put to the test when record numbers of students with flu symptoms began contacting University Health Services (UHS) during the very first week of classes.

During the first three weeks, more than 700 students — most under age 25 — were evaluated by UHS for flu-like symptoms and the H1N1 virus was indicated in most cases. Approximately 85 percent lived in off-campus housing and 15 percent in the residence halls.

“It started earlier than anyone had anticipated,” says Sarah Van Orman, executive director of UHS and chair of the campus committee on pandemic influenza planning. “Fortunately, many people already knew what they could do to help during an outbreak, and they sprang into action.” Read more »

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Parent Program Update: Influenza information for UW-Madison parents

September 4, 2009, 4:09 pm

The following message was sent to 10,000 members of the UW-Madison Parent Program from Sarah Van Orman, M.D., director of UHS.

Dear UW-Madison Parent or Guardian,

As the chief campus health officer, I want to take a few minutes of your time to update you on H1N1 influenza virus, or “swine flu,” on campus this fall and the ways you can assist our efforts.

Because H1N1 is known to be highly contagious among young people, the campus prepared very actively over the summer for the possibility that flu cases would start to rise soon after students arrived back on campus. Before classes began, every student received an email from Chancellor Biddy Martin and one from the Dean of Students and myself, outlining our expectations for this unusual semester and describing the best precautions students could take to safeguard their own health and help limit the spread of disease on campus. Read more »

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Student influenza cases appear at UW-Madison

September 3, 2009, 10:09 am

As has been widely expected, UW-Madison officials have received reports this week that some students have come down with symptoms characteristic of influenza.

University Health Services (UHS) has also begun seeing more patients than usual for this time of year with flu-like symptoms (including fever and cough or sore throat).

“This is what we’ve prepared for,” says Sarah Van Orman, MD, executive director of UHS. “This is also what many other schools around the country are experiencing, and this is why every member of the campus has received at least one message about influenza precautions and preparedness in the past week. Read more »

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What You Can Do About the Flu: A Guide for UW–Madison Students

August 31, 2009, 1:08 pm

H1N1 influenza (a.k.a. “swine flu”) first appeared in the U.S. last spring and continued to infect people throughout the summer. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this new strain of influenza seems to be particularly infectious to people between ages 5 and 24, so all college campuses must prepare for the possibility that a lot more people than usual could get sick this year.

Please help protect your own health and that of your campus community by learning what precautions you can take to lower the risk of spreading or contracting influenza and making a Personal Influenza Plan just in case you do get sick. (Updated Aug. 31.)

Download a document for all students, including those in off-campus apartments or houses (PDF).

Download a document specifically for University Housing residents (PDF).

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UW-Madison prepares for new semester with flu in mind

August 28, 2009, 12:08 pm

As University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staff prepare for next week’s start of the 2009-10 academic year, administrators and campus health officials are finalizing plans to manage an expected reemergence of the H1N1 influenza virus, or “swine flu.”

Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but based on the pattern of disease during the spring or summer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that the number of people who contract the disease could increase beginning this fall. College campuses are areas of special concern, as this strain of influenza has proven to be highly infectious in young adults.

Because new strains of influenza emerge from time to time, potentially causing disruptive outbreaks, a UW-Madison committee has been at work for the past several years, creating and refining plans for dealing with such a possibility. Read more »

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A Message from Chancellor Biddy Martin

August 27, 2009, 1:08 pm

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has continued to track the spread of novel H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”) since the first cases were identified in the U.S. last April.

Based on the pattern of disease during the summer, the CDC projects that the number of people who contract this disease could increase dramatically beginning this fall. College campuses are areas of particular concern, as this strain of influenza has proven to be more infectious in young adults than the seasonal flu we typically experience. Read more »

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Letter to parents and families of University Residence Hall students

August 13, 2009, 2:08 pm

The Division of University Housing has sent a letter to parents and families of University Residence Hall students to help them prepare in case their student becomes infected with H1N1 virus.

Posted in Housing updates, Parent info, Student info

What You Can Do About the Flu (PDF)

General questions about UW–Madison's response to flu issues? E-mail Pandemic Info Hub for answers.

Need urgent medical advice?
Students: Call UHS at (608) 265-5600

Faculty, staff: Contact your health care provider