Beacon News: PBA works to prevent H1N1

Correction to printed article: PBA’s Health and Wellness Center announced Friday that it has received doses of both the injectable and nasal mist forms of the H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine will be distributed tomorrow, Nov. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. by appointment in upstairs Weyenberg. The cost of the vaccine is set at $5. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (561) 803-2576.

By Tyann Mullen
Contributing Writer

As an additional step to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s administration has recently added hand sanitizer units at the entrance to many of the school’s buildings, dorms and classrooms.

PBA’s Health and Wellness Center is in full swing, helping to protect students and faculty against the recent spread of the H1N1 flu.

The H1N1 virus has spread across 48 states. Colleges and universities are seeing a large impact from this virus due to general contact among students as well as additional factors such as emotional and physical stress.

“Stress is something that is germane to college students,” said Vince Diller, director of Health and Wellness. “We typically see more sick students following breaks and during midterms and finals. This is typical of physical and emotional stress and the let down that follows a week of hard work and little sleep.”

PBA has seen a substantial number of flu cases since the start of the fall semester, but not enough to be considered an “outbreak.”

“This is a testament to God’s protection over this campus and our students doing a good job with hand washing and sanitizing,” Diller said.

Since the Centers for Disease Control recommended not testing for the specific H1N1 strain last July, it is sometimes unclear if cases of the flu are H1N1 specifically.

However, PBA is continuing to treat all flu-like symptoms with the assumption that it is H1N1.

Students exhibiting symptoms of the flu are quarantined in Samaritan Gardens.

PBA senior Rodrigo Venegas, an international student from Guatemala, was diagnosed last week with H1N1 and quarantined.

“I was the only one there,” Venegas said. “My girlfriend [was] the only one in the girls’ apartment.”

Also, 70 doses of seasonal flu vaccine have been received and will be offered after Nov. 18 for $20.

Vaccines can be retrieved by calling for an appointment at the Health and Wellness Center.

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