Total Case of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) — Fall 2009
|Feb. 6 to Feb. 12
|Jan.31 to Feb. 5
|Jan. 23 to Jan. 30
|Jan. 16 to Jan. 22
|Jan. 9 to Jan. 15
|Dec. 19 to Jan. 8
|Dec. 12 to Dec. 18
|Dec. 5 to Dec. 11
|Nov. 28 to Dec. 4
|Nov. 14 to Nov. 20
|Nov. 7 to Nov. 13
|Oct. 31 to Nov. 6
|Oct. 24 to Oct. 30
|Oct. 17 to Oct. 23
|Oct. 10 to Oct. 16||3 cases|
|Oct. 3 to Oct. 9||9 cases|
|Sept. 26 to Oct. 2||7 cases|
|Sept. 19 to Sept. 25||12 cases|
|Sept. 12 to Sept. 19||8 cases|
|Sept. 5 to Sept. 12||8 cases|
|Aug. 29 to Sept. 4
|Total to Date||103 cases|
Washington and Lee University had more than a dozen confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza, commonly known as "swine flu," during the 2009 spring term. All of the cases were mild, and those who were infected recovered. Campus officials anticipate that this type of influenza, which has continued to spread throughout the summer, is likely to be present on the campus during the 2009-10 academic year and has developed a series of plans to address the situation.
As new information is available, it will appear on this Web page, which will also be updated frequently with links to information about the flu from numerous sources including the Centers for Disease Control.
While cases of H1N1 influenza have been as mild as or milder than the seasonal flu, the virus poses significant health consequences, especially for members of at-risk groups, including those six months to 24 years old, pregnant women and those chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems.
W&L's Emergency Management Team (EMT) maintains plans to deal with a variety of emergency situations, including health emergencies. The existing plan for dealing with pandemic influenza has been modified specifically to address H1N1. This planning is based on the University's experience from last spring as well as recent recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.
Key components of the plan include:
Here are some of the steps that the University is currently taking:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes H1N1 flu symptoms:
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
To reduce your risk of becoming infected: