Dear Members of the Rivier Community,
We are in the midst of a busy flu season, with New Hampshire (and most of our United States) reporting flu as “widespread.” Right now, the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” influenza virus is the major type of flu circulating nationwide.
The symptoms of H1N1 in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal influenza, and include: fever (greater than 100 F), sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body aches, and fatigue. Some of the people who have become ill with H1N1 influenza reported diarrhea and vomiting as well.
As individuals, our most important tool continues to prevention of illness through good cough etiquette (covering our cough), hand washing and self-isolation if you become ill. Staying home and away from others when you are sick is extremely important, and you should not return to school or work until you have been fever-free without using medications for 24 hours. If symptoms become severe during the course of your illness, please seek medical attention. Resident students are encouraged to visit Quibin Student Health Services if they feel ill.
Rivier College continues to work towards making the H1N1 flu vaccine available on campus to students, faculty, staff and immediate family members. We have submitted several dates in December and January to Nashua Public Health for our possible clinics. As yet, we have not received confirmation on these dates. As soon as we receive confirmation on these proposed dates, we will share this information via email and website.
Rosemary H. Dougherty, MS, ARNP, BC
Director, Quibin Student Health Services