February 2, 2010
To: The Rensselaer Community
From: Leslie Lawrence, M.D.
Medical Director, Student Health Center,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and healthy vacation and start to the new semester. It has been several months since I last communicated with you on the status of the H1N1 influenza virus.
There have been no new cases of H1N1 on the Rensselaer campus since I wrote before the semester break. This is positive news and a strong indication that the winter wave of the illness has passed. But, please remain vigilant in your flu and illness prevention habits as a second wave of the illness is still projected by many experts.
We have received another supply of H1N1 vaccinations. We will hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic Thursday, Feb. 4 in the Darrin Communications Center (DCC) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This clinic will be open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff.
Vaccination remains your best protection from getting the H1N1 virus. The CDC is reporting that the vaccine is among the safest of any vaccine ever given, with no major side effects being reported in the entire country.
I will remain in touch with the campus community if we see additional cases on the campus.
Please do your part to prevent a second wave of infection. Use the hand washing and other flu-prevention precautions we have discussed all through the fall and winter. They will protect you from the flu, as well as a host of other illnesses that can progress around a college campus. These precautions include:
- Vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 vaccine;
- Washing your hands often, especially after shaking hands with others (hand disinfectants may be used if there is no access to soap and water);
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
- Covering your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow if you do not have a tissue;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially after contact with others; and
- Keeping a three-foot [one-meter] distance between yourself and anyone who is ill.
Leslie Lawrence, M.D.
Medical Director, Student Health Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- December 14, 2009: H1N1 Update
- December 10, 2009: H1N1 Update
- December 4, 2009: H1N1 Update
- November 23, 2009: H1N1 Update
- November 13, 2009: H1N1 Update
- November 3, 2009: H1N1 Update
- October 30, 2009: H1N1 Update
- October 22, 2009: H1N1 Update
- October 14, 2009: H1N1 Update
- October 9, 2009: H1N1 Update
- October 1, 2009: H1N1 Update
- September 23, 2009: H1N1 Influenza
- September 18, 2009: H1N1 Influenza
- September 14, 2009: Preparation for H1N1 Flu
- September 11: New Information on H1N1 Flu
- August 28: H1N1 Flu
- June 29: Influenza Update
- May 8: Commencement Health Precautions
- May 6: Reducing Potential for Spreading H1N1 Flu
- April 29: Travel Recommendations
- April 27: Swine Influenza
Rensselaer H1N1 Vaccination Clinic
Thursday Feb. 4, 2010
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
DCC Great Hall
Open to all Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff