The number of students reporting flu-like symptoms declined significantly this week from past weeks, according to Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster.

Foster said that while 177 students have presented flu-like symptoms since September 3, only eight ill students were in isolation on Thursday.

Of the eight students isolated, three were in singles on campus, three were in the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, and two were at home.

Instead of isolating students in Chamberlain Hall, all students not isolated in their rooms will now be quarantined on the third floor of the Buck Center in the new health center facilities.

Foster said that while he does not think the College has seen the last of swine flu, the situation seems to be improving.

"It would appear that things are slowing, which is great," he said.

"[The flu has] been in the community enough now that a lot of people have had exposure, and I don't expect it's going to go away, but I hope the numbers will stay lower until we get the vaccination," added Foster.

Although the College is expecting the seasonal flu vaccine on campus soon, Foster said that students who can be vaccinated by their health care providers at home over fall break should consider that option, as well.