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H1N1 Lightens Up

An encouraging decline in cases, here and nationally


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In the video above, after realizing that dogs, even mascots, can come down with flu, Rhett learns what to do.

The number of Boston University students living in isolation because of a diagnosis of influenza-like illness (ILI) has dropped to four, according to Peter Fiedler, vice president for administrative services and chairman of the University’s H1N1 Task Force. That number is down from a high of 24 in mid-October.

The drop mimics a nationwide decline in the number of visits to doctors for suspected flu, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency has seen a two-week decline in the number of visits after four consecutive weeks of sharp increases. At the same time, the CDC reports, the number of hospitalizations for confirmed flu cases continues to rise.

The CDC’s most recent national estimate puts the number of H1N1 cases from April to October 17 at somewhere between 14 million and 34 million.

Fiedler (COM’77) says the University has had 370 reported cases of ILI since September, which puts the infection rate among BU students at about one percent. A recent survey of New England colleges, he says, found infection rates from zero to 8 percent, with an average of 3.4 percent. He attributes the lower than average infection rate here to the use of hand sanitizers, which have been installed in many campus buildings.

BU has received 300 doses of H1N1 vaccine, Fiedler adds, which are being administered in accordance with CDC guidelines: pregnant women first, caregivers in households with young children second, and health-care personnel third.

More information is available here and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Situation Update.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu. Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu.


8 Comments on H1N1 Lightens Up

  • Anonymous on 11.19.2009 at 8:53 am

    Misleading statistics

    The statistics given in this article are very misleading. Many doctors and ERs have been telling patients with flu like symptoms not to come in, so a report of how many patients are showing up with the flu cannot be seen as an indicator of how many people actually have contracted it. Many BU students with the flu are not going into isolation but rather taking care of themselves.

  • Anonymous on 11.19.2009 at 9:14 am

    H1N1 vaccine

    Will the H1N1 vaccine be available to employees with chronic illnesses, like Asthma?

  • Anonymous on 11.19.2009 at 10:00 am

    HAHAHA this is funny!!! great job guys :) sorry for the silly comment

  • Abhishék Seth on 11.19.2009 at 11:54 am

    Adorable, but.

    This video was so adorable, creative and cute. Throughout this video I kept smiling at the concept, and found timestamp 1:20 absolutely adorable. Dr. McBride also acted well.

    However, I wish the video contained more information, rather than the same predictable tips. But, if these tips are in fact the only suggestions to prevent the flu, this short-clip was amusing, entertaining, endearing and informative, if one is unfamiliar with these tips.

    Abhishék Seth (Abe)

  • Anonymous on 11.19.2009 at 7:15 pm

    Agreed--misleading statistics

    I agree with the first comment; I have the flu and I know others that do too, so it cannot be that there have only been 24 cases of Swine Flu at BU.

  • Anonymous on 11.19.2009 at 8:41 pm

    Very cute and informative!

    What a great way to get your message across!

  • Anonymous on 11.24.2009 at 12:48 pm

    H1N1 vaccination

    when will H1N1 vaccination be available for students

  • anonymous on 04.13.2012 at 6:30 pm

    Wow Rhett you were really sick! I allso had the FLU but thanks to your doctor i knew what to do. I hope you feel better get well soon Rhett!

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