Dear Members of the BC Community:
A welcome back to all students, faculty and staff.
The H1N1 virus that swept the country last fall came unusually early in the flu season. Boston College experienced more than 500 cases from September until December, most of which were mild and self-limited with no serious complications.
While no one can predict what will happen over the next few months, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds us that there could be a third wave of H1N1, as well as a strong outbreak of seasonal flu.
In accordance with the CDC guidelines, we at Boston College Health Services recommend that all students and staff get both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines. It is never too late to get vaccinated because the flu season can extend into the spring. The CDC recommends that those who have had a presumptive case of the flu, H1N1 or otherwise, be vaccinated anyway because of the potential for having a different viral illness labeled flu. The vaccines will afford you protection for future exposure this winter and spring.
In addition, it is always a good idea to follow recommendations for good health practices, such as covering your coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently and refraining from close contact with others when ill.
We continue to hope for the best but prepare for the worst in regards to containing the flu on campus. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding H1N1 or the seasonal flu in the coming months.
Thomas I. Nary M.D.
Director University Health Services