You have probably heard that there is an outbreak of H1N1 Influenza commonly known as Swine Flu both in Mexico and in the United States. President Obama said Monday that the H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) outbreak is a "cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert," but is not a "cause for alarm."
The symptoms of H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include:
- sore throat
- body aches
Almost all of these symptoms would need to be present in order for it to be the flu
We encourage everyone to be sensitive to the state of their health and observant of those around them. If you are feeling ill with the above symptoms, do not go to class. Call or email your professors to let them know you are ill.
If you feel sick, see a doctor. You may need to limit your contact with others so you don’t infect them. Avoid spreading germs by:
Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (and then throwing that tissue out!)
Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing, or using alcohol-based hand cleaners.
Source: www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm See this site for more information.
If you feel sick, make sure relatives and friends know about your condition. If you live in Student Housing on the UTPB campus, please contact your Resident Assistant and the Student Housing Office if you feel sick. They will check on you.
As always, first and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Please do not be alarmed, but do take care of yourself and your families.