Swine Flu Facts

Swine Flu Facts

Important Phone Numbers

Seasonal Flu Shot Appointment: (617) 253-4865 if primary care provider is at MIT Medical in Cambridge

MIT Medical: (617) 253-4481 to review symptoms or to report worsening symptoms

Student Support Services: (627) 253-4861 to get help contacting professors for missed classes


Seasonal Flu: one shot, available late September, 9,000 doses available

H1N1: two shots four weeks apart, first shipment arrives in November, enough doses for all students

Flu Statistics

¶ H1N1 survives on environmental surfaces for up to 8 hours.

¶ Affected individuals are contagious one day before showing symptoms, up to 4 days after infection, according to CDC.

¶ MIT Medical Urgent Care receives up to 40 cold/flu cases each day

¶ Some adults over 60 show a preexisting immunity to H1N1 due to a past exposure to a related virus.


¶ Call MIT Medical to report illness and receive guidance, especially if you have underlying health conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

¶ Remain in room for at least 24 hours after fever and major symptoms recede without use of fever-reducing medication

¶ Do not go to class or social events.

¶ If symptoms worsen, or if you experience trouble breathing, sudden dizziness, or abdominal pain, seek medical help immediately.

¶ All dorms are stocked with masks, thermometers, and hand sanitizer.

Dining Delivery

Breakfast: $6, delivered between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., orders must be received by night before mealtime

Lunch: $7, delivered between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., orders must be received no later than 9 a.m. on day of mealtime

Dinner: $8 without House Dining Membership, delivered between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., orders must be received by 1 p.m.

¶ Weekend deliveries start at noon.