September 21, 2009
Swine Flu Update
The status and information regarding the H1N1 influenza virus continues to
evolve across all regions of the United States. The number of patients with
influenza like illness (ILIs) is expected to increase over the coming weeks.
The southern region of the U.S. continues to have the highest incidence of
individuals with ILI due to students returning to school earlier than other
regions of the country.
UNC Asheville has been fortunate to have a minimum number of cases reported
to health services. As of September 15, 2009 there have been four students
and four staff members who have reported influenza like illness (ILIs).
These data have been reported weekly to the Buncombe County Health Center
and UNC General Administration.
Students and staff are encouraged to follow the standard precautions of hand
hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and to self isolate if exhibiting influenza
like symptoms. The current CDC recommendation is to isolate for a period of
24 hours after the fever breaks, without the use of fever reducing
UNC Asheville officials are maintaining contact with the Buncombe County
Health Center regarding the availability of the H1N1 vaccine. We are
prepared to offer the vaccine to students (between the ages of 17 and 24)
and high risk populations , as recommended by the CDC. The vaccine is
expected to be available in late October.
It is recommended that students get the regular influenza vaccine, as soon
as possible. Therefore, health services will be providing flu shot clinics
at the Highsmith Union the week of September 20th for a nominal fee.
For the most accurate and updated information, students, staff and faculty
are encouraged to visit the following websites:
Director Student Health and Counseling