UA continues to closely monitor flu activity on campus and encourages all to take steps to help prevent the spread of the virus.
As of Oct. 18, the University has learned of two confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus. Both students are recovering off campus.
UA’s Student Health Services continues to report elevated rates of people reporting flu-like symptoms for this time of year. This mirrors what the City of Akron Health Department is seeing across the broader community and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting nationally.
“The majority of cases we are seeing in Student Health Services are reporting mild to moderate symptoms,” says Diane Fashinpaur, director of the department and a certified nurse practitioner. “They are recovering well, usually within three to five days. In many ways, the cases are similar to what we see with the seasonal flu; it’s just coming earlier than normal.”
UA is not testing for the virus, which is consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Margo Erme, an epidemiologist at the Akron Health Department.
UA has asked students, faculty and staff to call Student Health Services at 330-972-7808 to report if they have flu symptoms. This will assist with monitoring efforts. In addition, medical professionals are on hand during normal business hours to answer questions.
See our flu information page for:
- a table that tells you whether you have the flu or a cold;
- instructions for what you should do if you come down with the flu; and
- other helpful advice.