Archive for Wednesday, August 26, 2009

KU urges students with flu-like symptoms to call, not visit, health center

Health officials at Kansas University are urging students with symptoms to simply call the medical center. The university hopes it will help stop the spread of the virus by keeping those with potential symptoms away from public areas. 191 people have reported flu-like symptoms since the beginning of the semester.

August 26, 2009


Kansas University is urging students who contract mild flu-like symptoms to stay home — and that includes staying away from the student health center.

Students are still asked to call 864-9583 to talk with a nurse to assist with home-care instructions, isolation procedures and to answer questions.

The shift in policy reflects evidence that, in general, students reporting flu-like symptoms are reporting mild symptoms that require no medical treatment.

Students with chronic medical conditions and flu-like symptoms are advised to call the same number and make an appointment or come to the center.

KU has been identifying students with flu-like symptoms in response to the expected reoccurrence of the H1N1, or swine flu, virus, and is advising students to wash hands and cough into their sleeves to avoid the spread of the virus.


tolawdjk 8 years, 8 months ago

Not surprised.

In my day, the health center did one thing and one thing only. They took a mouth swab to test for strep. H1N1 cases are entirely too "sick" for them.

Go in with a sprained wrist...come out with an Rx for anti-biotics and a wrist that still hurts.

There wasn't anything they wouldn't treat with amoxycillin.

kusp8 8 years, 8 months ago

I think I have swine flu... That's what they call it when you go 'oink' for no reason, right? ;)

bmoody51 8 years, 8 months ago

Obviously tolawdjk, your day was a long time ago. Watkins has saved many lives, including the young man with meningitis. So before you denigrate somebody or an organization, learn the facts.

Dan Matthews 8 years, 8 months ago

The health center cannot confirm any cases as being H1N1. Swab samples must be sent to KDHE for testing and confirmation. KDHE is swamped with requests and cannot do the testing in a timely fashion.

Therefore the health center is reduced to damage control and informing everyone when they have "flu-like symptoms", they should self-isolate and stay home. There is not much that Watkins can do for them anyway other than prescribe medication for the symptoms.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

If you have flu-like symptoms and must go out, carry a large bell and ring it all the time to warn away the uninfected.

ralphralph 8 years, 8 months ago

Send them all to the field house, dump pepper from the catwalks, making everyone sneeze on everyone else, get the bug out there, get over it, move on.

Nikki May 8 years, 8 months ago

As for the comment about the strep test and antibiotic, that was in my day too. I came in 1992, so it was a bit ago, but not horribly long ago. I missed a month of school with "strep" while they refused to test my blood for mono even when I had a roommate diagnosed with it.

So, they may help, but not always.

workinghard 8 years, 8 months ago

My student made an appointment the other day so there wouldn't be a wait and then had to sit for an hour while they took walk-ins. Why were walk-ins taken in first before someone with an appointment?

tolawdjk 8 years, 8 months ago

Your day was my day Punkrockmom. Came in '92 as well.

My "joke" wasn't a joke. Had a classmate that tweaked her wrist playing racquetball in Robinson, went to Watkins and they had already pulled a sample for a strep test -prior- to her even stating why she was there in the first place.

So bmoody51...I checked my "facts".

hedshrinker 8 years, 8 months ago

The recently stated policy by Student Health is NOT unique to them..they are simply following current guidelines by CDC and HHS regarding reducing the spread of well as many other viruses spread by respiratory means... thru "personal distance", especially before we have a vaccine and for people who are otherwise healthy. One of the worst case scenarios is large #'s of coughing, sneezing people in public places (including doctors' offices, clinics and emergency rooms) contaminating others. Healthcare workers and other patients in waiting rooms are susceptible to getting sick just like everyone else. People need to use better discretion about leaving home when going out means subjecting others to their bugs.

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