U.VA. MEDIA ADVISORY: Influenza-Like Illness Update for Oct. 26, 2009

October 26, 2009 — In an effort to keep our community informed about the flu situation at the University of Virginia, we are providing the tipsheet below with the most current information. We will send an update every Monday, and we will schedule a press briefing if events warrant.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Dr. James Turner, director of student health, or Marge Sidebottom, director of emergency preparedness, make your request to Carolyn Dillard in the Public Affairs Office, cdillard@virginia.edu or 434-996-6279, and we'll do our best to accommodate you. We're doing this in order to better manage Jim's and Marge's time so they can better care for their patients and the University community.

Updates

As of late morning Oct. 26, 2009, Student Health reported 566 U.Va. student cases of influenza-like illness since Aug. 22, 2009. This number represents students living both in residence halls and off Grounds. In early October, Student Health estimated that there are 50 to 60 reported active cases at any one time, although there are undoubtedly others that have gone unreported. There have been no student hospitalizations, and students are recovering well.

Since Oct. 19, the daily clinic visits due to influenza-like illness have increased by 30 percent. It is unclear if this increased activity will sustain itself in the coming days.

Two immunization clinics have been scheduled for all students. Pre-entrance required immunizations, such as measles/mumps/rubella and tetanus/diphtheria, as well as seasonal flu vaccines will be offered. The clinics are scheduled for today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquatic & Fitness Center (H1N1 vaccine will NOT be available), and Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom (H1N1 injectable vaccine likely will NOT be available.)

Two other dates have been identified, depending on vaccine availability: Nov. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Alumni Hall. Further information will be forthcoming.

For comprehensive information on the University of Virginia and influenza-like illness, please see the Student Health Web site or the emergency page.