Flu vaccines available for students Oct. 21
By Rohan Andresen ’12
H1N1 Influenza, Swine Flu, is being portrayed by media and health officials worldwide as the next vast epidemic.
Dean of Students Mr. James Bopp said he thinks Brophy is ready and that as long as students use good hygiene and have a general education about how to prevent getting sick, then the campus will remain healthy.
Teachers have been monitoring the student body, looking for flu-like symptoms and when they are found students are immediately sent to the Dean’s office in order to be sent home.
Students are to stay home for at least 24 hours after their last symptom has been relieved.
Mr. Bopp also stressed that even though sick students are very anxious about their grades and that they may have the inclination to go to school, they must stay home.
If a sick student goes to school, he could overexert himself and it will take even longer for him to recover.
Mr. Bopp also warned students that it is not only their health that they’re endangering by going to school sick, but also the overall well being of the staff and other students within the close quarters at Brophy.
So far at Brophy, there have been a relatively low number of regular and H1N1 influenzas.
The majority of sick students have had strep throat, according to the Dean’s Office.
Assistants to the Dean of Students Mrs. Debbie Corwin and Mrs. Theresa Angus are geared up for any sickness that will enter the dean’s office.
Mrs. Corwin stressed for students to wash their hand and use the hand sanitizers on the walls of the classroom.
She said she is proud to show the preparedness of the dean’s office with their health posters and documents of associations such as Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adorning the walls and bulletin boards.
Mr. Bopp said he believes that Brophy is ready for any flu epidemic, swine or regular.
Currently, Brophy is working with an outside clinic in order to get influenza and H1N1 vaccinations for students and staff.
Hopefully the vaccines will be paid through students’ insurance or free for students who do not have insurance or cannot pay.
According to Mr. Bopp, the vaccinations are slated to be on the morning of Oct. 21. There will be sign-up forms available soon.
Visit roundup.brophyprep.org for H1N1 updates.