September 28, 2009

Information About Swine Flu

Tips To Stay Healthy On Campus

Swine Flu and What to Do -
By Brian Crowe
Coordinator of Environmental Health & Safety

The media is full of H1N1 Swine Flu information and alerts. Any flu virus can be devastating and the Swine Flu will be no exception. Symptoms of the disease are similar to other influenza. Symptoms include sore throat, cough, body aches, fever, and fatigue.

Public Health experts predict that the Swine Flu will be prevalent during this year's flu season. Prevention remains the best practice for fighting the flu, no matter what strain it may be.

Prevention Measures Include:
Careful hand washing. No special soaps or cleansers are needed. Plain soap and warm water will suffice.

When soap and warm water are not available, the use of an alcohol based hand sanitizer is recommended.

Cover coughs and sneezes in facial tissue and dispose of properly; when tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.

If you are ill with the symptoms for flu, stay home. Do not go to work or attend social gatherings. You can socialize again once your fever is gone for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers.

Recommendations for Students
Students ill with H1N1 should practice "self‐isolation" i.e., severely curtail their interactions with others except to seek medical care until at least 24 hours after they no longer display fever symptoms without the aid of fever‐reducing medicine. They should not return to campus until 24 hours after no longer displaying fever symptoms.

Students who can utilize distance‐learning methods may be able to continue studies even while ill.

Recommendations for Faculty, Staff, and Administration
Faculty, staff, and administration suffering from H1N1 should follow the same self-isolation guidelines as students.

Vaccination Clinics
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that children and adults to age 26 be vaccinated against the new H1N1 ("swine flu") influenza virus.

WNC is working with local health officials to determine if it might be possible to hold H1N1 vaccination clinics on the Carson City campus. The H1N1 vaccine should be available in mid‐October. The vaccine will consist of two shots.

Please visit the Center for Disease Control's web site for additional information on both seasonal flu and H1N1 at http://www.cdc.gov.

Seasonal Flu Information
The community seasonal flu vaccination clinic in Carson City will be on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Carson City Senior Center at 911 Beverly Drive.

In addition, a drive‐thru clinic will be held at the Nevada National Guard, 2460 Fairview Drive on the same day. Both events will run
from 9 am to 1 pm.

These are in addition to the Carson City Wellness Fair (October 6‐9) offered toall State of Nevada PEBP PPO and HMO plan participants, their covered spouses and dependents age 18 and older.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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