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H1N1 Influenza Update

Student Health Services

Essential H1N1 Information

As Cases of H1N1 Influenza are expected to increase in the United States, the University community and our students are likely to be affected.  ECSU will continue to monitor the outbreak closely and will comply with federal, state and local government declarations.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidelines about H1N1 Influenza including Home Respiratory Isolation guidelines.

Latest CDC recommendation: CDC recommends that people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Home isolation guidance can be accessed via the link below: http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/gcdc/pdf/HomeRespiratoryIsolation.pdf

The University recommends that Students follow the guidelines below:

Students diagnosed with, or suspected of having influenza:  Should go home to recover if possible.  Please do not attend class or visit the dining hall.  Avoid contact with others until 24 hours after fever resolves without the use of fever reducing medications (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen).

Students who are sick with fever and cough and cold symptoms:  Should call the Student Health Services at 252-335-3267 for advice or to schedule an appointment.  Please cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with tissues or surgical mask when in public.

Students with mild symptoms: Have an option to self-treat and not see a medical provider.   

CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF YOUR SYMPTOMS GET WORSE:

  • Trouble breathing including shortness of breath or fast breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion or irritability
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Refusing to drink fluids

How to Keep From Getting Flu

  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after being out in public (handling grocery cart, money, using ATM machine, touching doors).
  • Do not share personal items, such as drinks.
  • If you have had known contact with a confirmed or suspected case of influenza, contact your healthcare provider to consider whether prophylactic anti-viral medication is warranted.
  • A vaccine against H1N1 is currently being developed and expected to be available by late October. Protection against H1N1 will likely involve receiving two shots, possibly three weeks apart. Vaccine supply may be limited initially, and priority groups will likely be vaccinated first. (Traditional flu vaccine should be received, in addition to H1N1 vaccine.) Until a vaccine is available, prevention by avoiding sick people and by washing hands is the best recommendation.

Additional information about H1NI
For more information about H1N1 influenza and updates on the spread of the current outbreak, please visit the following websites:

The above information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/).