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H1N1 / Influenza Information

Influenza Information

We need to work together to ensure the NCCC community is prepared and protected in the event we are impacted by cases of influenza of any type. Here is some helpful information related to influenza. Please note that the symptoms of Influenza type A, the common cold, and the H1N1 Influenza are very similar.

Influenza Type A

  • Pulmonary congestion
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever
  • Myalgia
  • Headaches
  • Shakes/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Lasts 2 -5 days

Common Cold

  • Pulmonary congestion
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Myalgia
  • Lasts 3 -7 days

H1N1

  • Fever (>100F) or chills
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches or lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lasts 1-4 days (may last up to 7 days)
 

Nurse with chartIf you have influenza like symptoms, please STAY HOME and do not return to class until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications.  To prevent the spread of influenza, and other illnesses, it is vital to promote healthy practices. Self isolate. Stay in a room by yourself with the door closed. If possible, open the window periodically for fresh air. When it is necessary to be with other people, maintain a distance of 6 feet. Find a "flu buddy" to assist you in meeting your personal needs, such as bringing you food and medicine.

Proper respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene are essential. Wash your hands for 20-30 seconds using soap and water (sing the Happy Birthday song two times). When necessary, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used. It is important to continue rubbing your hands until the hand sanitizer has dried.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow. Discard the tissue into the garbage and immediately cleanse your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands. Disinfect surfaces daily, and when contaminated, using household cleaners such as Lysol or Clorox wipes. Eat a well balanced diet, drink plenty of liquids (especially water), get 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and exercise regularly. If it is necessary for you to go out, wear a mask on your face.

As college aged students are considered a risk population for influenza, it is important for you to get immunized. Faculty and staff should also receive immunization for both influenza and H1N1 flu as they have close contact with students.

Flu shots can be obtained from your physician, the local Health Department, and many pharmacies. You may also refer to the following websites:

www.immunizewny.org
www.vna-wny.org/flu/

Further information may be obtained in the Wellness Center or at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.

Additional H1N1 resources

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