Influenza H1N1 (Swine Flu)
Past Communication - 08/20/09
As the fall semester begins, the Wellness Center wants to provide everyone with an updated Q&A regarding Novel Influenza A (H1N1), formerly known as "Swine Flu," and reinforce important steps you can take to stay healthy this season.
As always, students, faculty, or staff members who live either on or off campus, and who have an influenza-like illness, should self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) in their dorm room or home for at least 24 hours after being fever free, even when not using a fever-reducing medicine. Affected individuals should only leave to seek medical care and/or obtain necessities, and they should avoid contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus.
We encourage everyone to take precautions in order to stay healthy and to do your part in keeping the community safe. Public health authorities recommend the following:
- Get a regular flu shot!
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, as germs spread more easily that way.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you get sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Symptoms of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) are similar to seasonal influenza and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting. Students experiencing flu-like symptoms should call the Wellness Center at 773.508.8883. Faculty and staff members should contact their health care providers.
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