Suspected cases of H1N1 flu at Princeton were relatively mild during the first month of the fall term, according to John Kolligian, the executive director of University Health Services (UHS). From Aug. 30 through Oct. 15, undergraduates, graduate students, and graduate-student dependents reported 409 cases of “influenza-like illness,” which may include ailments other than the H1N1 flu. UHS was able to treat nearly all of the illnesses; six cases required visits to local hospitals.
Kolligian said that Princeton students have helped to limit the flu’s spread by following Center for Disease Control guidelines, including the recommendation that symptomatic students isolate themselves in their dorm rooms until 24 hours after their fever is gone. Faculty have aided the effort, he said, by accommodating students who were forced to miss class.