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H1N1 Flu Updates
Santa Clara University Monitoring Flu Conditions
Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
Cowell Student Health Center is working closely with the Santa Clara Public Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the students, faculty and staff of Santa Clara University. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us. Santa Clara University is prepared to respond to this evolving situation within the framework of the university emergency plan.
We expect to see more cases of H1N1 this fall. Currently, the H1N1 virus appears to be no more virulent or severe than the typical seasonal flu. However, this particular strain does seem to occur more frequently in children and young adults. Experts advise we may see more people becoming infected with H1N1 flu due to the lack of immunity.
Cowell Student Health Center and the Santa Clara University emergency response team will monitor the campus and local situation, in consult with the Santa Clara Public Health Department, and make recommendations based on flu activity locally.
In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to help:
• Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
• Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
• Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
• Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Don’t go to class or work. See H1N1 Influenza Handout for self care directions.
• Check with your health care provider if you are at high-risk for complication of the flu. Most individuals with H1N1 flu will not need to seek medical care. If you are pregnant or have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart or lung problems, or a weakened immune system, your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medication.
• Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also, if you are at higher risk for flu complications from 2009 H1N1 flu, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. When the vaccine is first available the following key populations will be prioritized: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical service personnel, persons between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age, and people from ages 25 through 64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems. For more detailed information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.
Please continue to refer to the resources below if you would like more detailed information:
Thank you for your efforts to keep the Santa Clara University community healthy!