Influenza (Flu) Information
Updated: May 06, 2013
College officials are taking precautions necessary to help prevent the possible spread of the H1N1 virus ("Swine" Influenza A).
Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, body aches, and, less commonly, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, stay at home and call your medical provider. It is critical you minimize contact with others while you are sick to keep from passing the infection.
As with any other flu, you can help avoid infection by observing these guidelines:
- Wash your hands. The first defense against the spread of organisms is effective handwashing. Most organisms are spread from the hands to the mouth, nose and eyes, thus infecting the respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems. Soap, running water (at any temperature), and spending at least 15 to 20 seconds actively washing all areas of the hands are all part of effective hand washing.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterward. Ask those around you to do the same or distance yourself from others who are coughing or sneezing.
- Stay at home if you become ill until you are free from fever for 24 hours without the help of medication.
- Encourage those on campus who are visibly ill to contact the Health Center at ext. 4400.
- Eat well balanced meals, get enough rest, and drink plenty of water. This helps to keep your immune system strong.
- Contact your physician if you develop a high fever, cough, and body aches. There are medications available to lessen the severity and length of viral illnesses such as the flu.
- Seek emergency care if you develop difficulty breathing, dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
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