Due to recent H1N1 (swine flu) reports, the University is monitoring the situation and has taken precautionary measures. At present, the principal H1N1 flu threat to those persons without underlying medical conditions is felt to be mild illness and is now being treated similar to the seasonal flu. This could change, so the University will continue to monitor the situation and consult with medical professionals and public health officials.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu: illness with fever, respiratory symptoms, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The infectious period is 1 day prior through 7 days after onset of symptoms.
The traditional flu prevention strategies are recommended:
- Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with flu-like illness (ILI), stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
The National Institute of Health provides H1N1 educational information through Medline Plus.