Influenza H1N1 virus

Influenza H1N1, also known as "Swine Flu" is a hot health topic at Student Health Services.  We would like you to know it is important to remember that there is no cause for heightened concern on campus, although it is important to employ the usual measures to prevent illness during cold and flu season.  By doing the following actions you can drastically reduce your risk of illness:  Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell, have a fever, or cough.  Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water often.  Use antibacterial gel to clean hands when out and about in the community. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.  Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (be sure to throw the soiled tissue away). Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, drink water, and maintain adequate physical activity.  If you develop flu-like symptoms such as sudden onset of fever greater 100.0, cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, muscle ache, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  You should stay home or in your room and call us at 719.549.2830.  There are medicines available that can decrease the severity of symptoms and duration of the H1N1 virus.  For more information visit the Campus Health Promotion and Disease Prevention section of our website or visit http://www.cdc.gov