Queen's University

Flu on the rise

 
2009-10-23

A rapidly increasing amount of flu-like illness, including H1N1, is circulating on campus and the Kingston community.

“The number of cases is rising quickly and is expected to peak over the next two to four weeks,” says Dr. Suzanne Billing, Medical Director, Student Health Services. “The rate of illness is now significantly higher than usual for this time in the season.”

The vast majority of cases of influenza to date have been mild. Public health officials say H1N1 is no more severe than other seasonal flu strains and, in fact, has a lower mortality rate.

People who feel sick are encouraged to phone Telehealth with questions or call their doctor for advice before considering a trip to the hospital. For more information on when to seek medical attention, please visit www.queensu.ca/pandemic

Instructors are being strongly discouraged from requiring medical notes from students, to prevent local clinics, including Student Health Services, from becoming overloaded.

Community flu vaccination clinics start this week for those identified as high risk groups. The schedule is posted at www.kflapublichealth.ca

“Queen’s is working with the public health unit to finalize a date and location for an H1N1 vaccination clinic on campus,” said Dan Langham, Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

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