Roanoke College assesses potential impact of H1N1 virus

Considerable attention has been paid in the media to the potential impact of the H1N1 virus on college campuses. Roanoke College is working closely with the local health department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our institution. Thus far, we have been fortunate in experiencing only a small number of cases. It is important to remember this virus continues to produce mild illness similar to the seasonal flu.

If students develop symptoms of an influenza-like illness, including fever (>100 degrees F), cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, fatigue, headache and occasionally diarrhea and vomiting, they are asked to self isolate in their rooms.

Students who live within a reasonable distance to campus are asked to go home. The registrar will be notified of students who are ill and the expected length of their absences. Dining Services and Residence Life staffs are working together to provide meals for students while they are ill. Those who become ill with flu-like symptoms are asked to self-isolate until they are free of fever for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.

Members of the campus community can take steps to protect themselves by practicing good health habits:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues immediately into a waste basket.
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
  • Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of rest.

Students are strongly encouraged to get the seasonal flu vaccine, which is available at Student Health Services. Again this year, we will offer the needle-free nasal mist vaccine as well as the injectable vaccine. The cost will be $20 payable by cash, check, credit card or Maroon money. Seasonal flu vaccines will not provide protection against 2009 H1N1 influenza (sometimes called swine flu). The vaccine to prevent the H1N1 virus is expected to be available by mid-October. For the most up-to-date information on flu, visit, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).

Released: September 11, 2009
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