Dear Members of the Rivier Community,
The health and safety of our Rivier College students is a priority at the College. We want to keep you informed regarding pandemic influenza. As you know, influenza has been a topic of international concern. At the College, we have been working diligently with Nashua Public Health authorities to stay informed of the flu status both worldwide and within our state and local area.
When the novel H1N1 influenza outbreak was first detected in April 2009, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) began to analyze data on this type of influenza. The information examined by the CDC supports the conclusion that novel H1N1 has caused a greater illness burden on people younger than 25 years of age than in older people. This age distribution is different from what we normally see with seasonal influenza, where the impact is greater on older people.
In most cases, the symptoms of H1N1 novel influenza are like the symptoms of seasonal flu. These include: fever, cough, chills, fatigue, sore throat and headache. However, some patients with H1N1 influenza also report vomiting and diarrhea, which are not typically reported with seasonal influenza.
The novel H1N1 influenza is causing illness in the United States and around the world. The CDC expects this to continue for some time. If you or others around you become ill, avoid contact with others. See your medical provider if you have a severe illness, or feel you may be at high risk for flu complications. The high risk groups for novel H1N1 virus may include people age 65 years or older, children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, and people of any age with chronic medical conditions. Resident students at Rivier College are urged to contact Quibin Student Health Services if they feel they have any flu symptoms.
Here at Rivier College, we would like to partner with you to keep you well informed of any possible threats to the College community and the safest measures to take at that time. You can access the College’s Emergency Preparedness web pages in this section for any updates or schedule changes.
We encourage you to investigate the CDC website at www.pandemicflu.gov for updates and provisions you should make for you and your family. Disaster planning is an important first step. Having emergency contact information on hand, and gathering appropriate provisions (food/water/medication/batteries, etc) is vital in the event of any emergency.
Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to provide for the safety of the Rivier College community by making the necessary preparations now.
Rosemary H. Dougherty, MS, ARNP, BC
Director, Quibin Student Health Services