H1N1 (Swine Flu) Precautions

MU Community: Learn what to do if you think you have the flu

The U.S. government has declared a public health emergency as a result of the H1N1 pandemic. At Manchester University, we are keeping close watch on the spread of H1N1 and are following state and national guidelines in our plans to reduce exposure to our University community.

Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention website:
www.cdc.gov

What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in people?

Fever that exceeds 100 degrees F plus other symptoms typical of seasonal influenza: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Severe illness and death is possible. Similar to seasonal flu, H1N1 may worsen underlying chronic medical conditions. Flu symptoms typically appear two to seven days after exposure.

How does the H1N1 virus spread?

H1N1 is highly contagious. The viruses are spread person-to-person primarily when infected persons cough and/or sneeze. Persons may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. This means it is highly important that we all practice good hygiene at all times, even if we do not have flu symptoms. We cannot get the H1N1 virus by eating pork.

Are there medicines to treat H1N1?

Yes. Prescription antiviral drugs can make you feel better faster and may prevent serious complications. Antiviral drugs work best if started within two days of onset of symptoms.

How long can an infected person spread H1N1 to others?

People with the H1N1 flu may be contagious one to two days before symptoms begin and and up to seven days following illness onset.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

No vaccine is available yet to protect against the H1N1 virus. Take these commonsense steps to protect yourself from H1N1 or any influenza virus:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze, and properly dispose of the tissue. No tissue? Don't cover your cough/sneeze with your hands! Sneeze or cough into the bend of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough/sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not pick up used tissues or share eating utensils, bedding or other items with someone who is coughing/sneezing.
  • Surgical masks, face masks or respirators are ineffective in a general setting (outside isolation), according to the Centers for Disease Control.

What should I do if I get sick?

Contact campus Health Services, x5306 (260-982-5306), for an appointment. Do not go to Health Services; stay in your room or at home and call. Isolation from others on campus is likely for those who exhibit H1N1 flu symptoms. Your family will be asked to come get you, if possible. Your care and the protection of others on campus are the University's foremost concern.

  • Contain your germs. Stay home or in your room. Avoid close contact with others – do not go to work or school for 24 hours after the fever is gone.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after using tissues. Throw those tissues into the waste.
  • Don’t share drinks, eating utensils and dishes, towels or other personal items.

Learn more about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Indiana State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hot Line
800-CDC-INFO (4636)
(24/7, English and Spanish)

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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