As you may be aware, we have had a few cases of H1N1 Influenza at the SIUe Health Center. The cases we have seen have been without any complications. Overall, a vast majority of the patients are still coming back negative for H1N1. The students who test positive are instructed to do their best to isolate themselves until they do not have a fever for 24 hours without the assistance of medication. Roommates of ill students are advised to follow the guidance found in the Housing Residents section of the SIUe H1N1 Frequently Asked Questions located at http://www.siue.edu/misc/h1n1/h1n1-housing.shtml . We ask students that remain in the residence halls to use a 'flu buddy' to deliver food so the ill students will not need to use the cafeteria.
Please continue to advise your children to cover coughs and sneezes, frequently wash hands, and try to get enough sleep. If your child does become ill they can contact Health Services for further directions and recommendations. Always make sure Health Services is made aware of any underlying medical conditions that your student has, even if the condition has not been a problem for some time.
We want to assure you that your children are our number one priority. We continue to closely monitor the situation and stay in communication with other campus departments and officials, along with the CDC. We are on high alert for H1N1 and have protocols in place to treat these students effectively and protect other students from illness. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at 618-650-2842.
Director of Health Services