HCHC took a proactive stance to
ensure the health and well being of our entire community during the upcoming
Because the majority of our students do
not live in close proximity to Boston, and many are international students,
they may not have an opportunity to go home if they become ill. That situation could become complicated given
the close proximity of the quarters in our dormitory if a strain of the flu
such as H1N1 appears on the HCHC campus.
This fall, to protect the public from the
2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza virus, the federal government provided states
with the vaccine and supplies at no cost.
HCHC registered for this service
through the Massachusetts Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, and our registration was accepted.
HCHC was pleased to hold several clinics to administer the H1N1 vaccine to all interested students and their children living on campus, as well as to our faculty and staff.
The Facts about H1N1
What is H1N1?
is a new virus that has not circulated among humans before. This virus is different from previous or
current human seasonal influenza viruses.
How is it transmitted?
is transmitted by inhaling infected droplets expelled by coughing or
sneezing or by touching contaminated hands or surfaces.
What are the symptoms?
symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza, such as fever, cough,
headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and runny nose, and
sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
What are the risks?
is currently referred to as "moderate" in severity, with the overwhelming
majority of patients recovering within a week of the onset of
symptoms. However, the virus has
also caused severe illness and deaths to those groups considered to be
Risk groups include those with existing cardiovascular disease,
respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer.
How can we protect ourselves?
best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated. HCHC recommends that if you are in the
high-risk group, you get both the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1
vaccine when it becomes available.
- In our
DPH application, we requested enough doses to vaccinate all HCHC students
(as well their spouses and children who live on campus), faculty and
staff. There will be no charge for
and sanitize your hands throughout the day, cover your coughs and sneezes
and limit unnecessary exposure to classmates that may be ill.
current recommendation from public health authorities is that colleges and
universities should take measures to isolate flu suffers until at least 24
hours after the fever or other symptoms disappear.
What if I am diagnosed with the flu or H1N1 or have
- If you
have flu-like symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.
- If you
are diagnosed with the flu or H1N1, students should notify the Director of
with flu-like illness should stay away from class and the office and
limit interactions with other people (called "self-isolation"), except to
seek medical care, for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a
fever) without the use of fever-reducing medicines).
infected will be asked to minimize contacts within the residence halls and to
avoid all public places, including classrooms, the library, the Chapel, the
computer lab, the gym, administrative and faculty offices, etc
Director of Housing will appoint personnel to deliver meals and to care for
those students who have been isolated
diagnosed with H1N1, who cannot go home, must stay in their room. Students should wear surgical masks when they
must come out of their room (i.e. to go to the restroom)