Notice on the H1N1 virus, "Swine Flu"
Updated as of November 3, 2009
According to the CDC reports the H1N1 flu as well as the seasonal flu are both fully spreading throughout Ohio and neighboring states. To date, we have no cases of H1N1 confirmed by the local Health Department on campus. However, there are a large number of people with flu-like symptoms and whether it is the seasonal variety or H1N1 is unknown. Ohio Department of Health, as well as many other states will only perform H1N1 testing on people who are hospitalized with flu symptoms who tested negative on rapid influenza diagnostic tests. As a result, many physicians are telling their patients that they “most likely” have the H1N1 flu due to the negative rapid influenza test, thus the students reporting that they have the H1N1 strain when they returned from fall semester break this week.
Any healthy student with a sick roommate can ask their RD for permission to sleep in a different room (availability dependent on space) while the sick roommate is contagious. Please use commonsense precautions: no sharing drinks or food, cover your mouth/nose when you sneeze or cough, drink plenty of fluids, get rest, use over the counter medications to be more comfortable if you do get sick, and consult the Health Center as soon as you experience symptoms. Please refer to the pamplets regarding H1N1 treatment distributed at the beginning of the fall semester.
Due to the large number of people requesting appointments at the Health Center you may not be seen for several days. Please be patient, the staff is doing the best they can to see everyone.
Alternative medical care can be obtained at the following clinics, all within a 40 minute drive from campus:
CVS Pharmacy- Minute Clinic (Robinson Twnshp. Branch)- no phone no. availableM-F: 8:30 am-7:30 pmSat: 9 am-5:30 pmSun: 10 am-5:30 pm
Doctors Urgent Care, St. Clairsville, OH - 740-699-0940M-F: 9 am-6:30 pmSat: 9 am-4:30 pm
What is "Swine Flu"?
A virus that contained the genes which were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs.
Are there human infections with novel H1N1 virus in the U.S.?
Is it contagious?
Yes, through sneezing and coughing.
What signs and symptoms do I look for?
Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.
How long can the virus spread from an infected person?
A sick person may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after.
Can I get vaccinated for H1N1 Swine Flu?
H1N1 Swine flu vaccine is currently in production. When it becomes available, vaccine dates will be announced.
What are other ways to protect my health?
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- If you are sick, stay at home at least 24 hours after you are free of fever without the use of fever reducing medications
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing/dispose of your tissue
- Wash your hands often with soap and water/ alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Visit the campus Health Center to be evaluated. The practitioner will determine further diagnostic testing and treatment for your illness.
- Fevers and aches can be treated with over the counter medications (ex: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin)
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of clear liquids
CDC recommendations for using antiviral drugs (Tamiflu) for treatment or prevention of swine influenza will change as we learn more about this new virus.
Clinical judgment is an important factor in treatment decisions. Persons with suspected novel H1N1 influenza who present with an uncomplicated febrile illness typically do not require treatment.
Treatment with Tamiflu is recommended for:
- All hospitalized patients with confirmed, probable or suspected novel influenza (H1N1).
- Patients who are at higher risk for seasonal influenza complications:
- Children less than five years old. The risk for severe complications from seasonal influenza is highest among children younger than 2 years old.
- Adults 65 years of age and older.
- Persons with the following complications:
- Chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)
- Immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV
- Pregnant women
- Persons younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities
If you are sick and need to stay in your residence hall room please notify your RD or RA as soon as possible. You may request a sick tray to be brought to your room by residence life staff. Residence life staff will offer temporary alternate sleeping arrangements for your roommate until you recover from the flu.
If Health Center staff recommends that you stay in your residence hall room, you will be given a note for the missed classes to be presented to your professors.
Recommendations taken from the Center for Disease Control H1N1 page