H1N1

Brophy faculty, students to receive flu shots Dec. 1

Is there a doctor in the house? Or better yet a vaccine?

With nationwide shortages of both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines and confirmed H1N1 flu cases rising, Brophy students are on the hunt for the precious vaccines.

The vaccines are now slated to be given Dec. 1.

Campus reacts to the H1N1 breakout

Many students have been affected by the swine flu, or have at least thought that they have been affected by the new H1N1 virus.

The number of absences around Brophy due to illness recently spiked to around 130 to 140 students per day, though that figure has since stabilized.

This new threat to the health of Brophy has led to a couple of changes around campus, such as the new Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer dispensers in each class room, the new warning/symptom posters in the Dean’s office and even the occasional swine flu joke.

Campus weathers flu storm—for now

Rumors of Brophy having to close due to the swine flu were shot down by Principal Mr. Bob Ryan who says that while we might not have seen the worst of the flu “we weathered it pretty well.”

But this is not to say the school is taking the H1N1 swine flu lightly. Mr. Ryan said that he has even found himself washing his hands and using the school provided hand sanitizer more frequently.

Mr. Ryan also said that because Brophy’s population spans much of the valley, the idea of closing and letting the flu “run its course” in the community is not as feasible as smaller schools with much smaller communities might be doing at this point in time.

Students, faculty help save lives

Eighty-five students and six faculty members donated blood on Oct. 2, saving up to 243 lives.

Students who donated had to sign up online, and were e-mailed the time of their blood donation appointment.

The first students and faculty members began arriving by 8:30 a.m. to the south side of the Harper Great Hall where staff members from the United Blood Services were ready to collect blood, which will be used to help those in need.

Administration, students prepare for onset of H1N1 Flu virus

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.