Dear Brown Student,
I am writing to provide an update regarding H1N1 influenza at Brown. Over the winter break there were almost no cases of students self-reporting or seeking treatment at University Health Services for influenza-like illness (ILI). The Rhode Island Department of Health has reported that the level of influenza activity in the state is sporadic, with H1N1 influenza continuing to be the dominant strain. Prior to the end of the fall semester, more than 2400 Brown students received the H1N1 vaccine, the highest rate of vaccination among Rhode Island colleges and universities.
H1N1 VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL BROWN STUDENTS
Appointments to receive H1N1 vaccine free-of-charge at Health Services are now available for all enrolled Brown students, regardless of age. To schedule an appointment:
- Go to the Health Services website (http://www.brown.edu/health).
- Click ‘H1N1 information’ then click ‘H1N1 Vaccine’ on the next page.
- Review the general information and follow the website instructions.
- Log in with your Brown username and password to schedule your appointment. (If many people log in at once, the system may be slow; be patient.)
- Follow the instructions to select and schedule an appointment.
- Your vaccine appointment will be held at Health Services; you must present your Brown ID when you check in.
Health Services strongly advises students to remain vigilant and to continue taking the appropriate health and safety precautions to try and limit the spread of H1N1 during the course of the winter. The most important steps Brown community members can take to prevent the spread of ILI are to:
- practice good health hygiene (wash hands often, cover coughs, etc.);
- stay home from school or work when sick (log into FluWeb if you get sick);
- receive the H1N1 vaccination if you are able.
Further information about H1N1, including how to stay healthy, specific information for students regarding handling absences from classes, and links to websites such as RIDOH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) can be found on-line at www.brown.edu/h1n1 and on the Health Services and Health Education websites.
Edward Wheeler, MD
Director, Health Services
More Brown Influenza A H1N1 Information