H1N1 (Swine Flu)
Definition of swine flu or H1N1
A new virus for which humans have not yet built a resistance. The genes in this virus were originally thought to be similar to the genes in a flu that typically infects pigs in North America; however testing has confirmed that they are different viruses.
It has been declared a pandemic because it has been spreading easily from person to person since its outbreak in spring of 2009. There have been 1 million cases in the United States. Most cases of H1N1 have not been severe with symptoms similar to seasonal flu.
The following populations are at greater risk for H1N1: Pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses, young people age 24 and under, caregivers of children, and health care professionals. It is important for people who are at greater risk to contact a health care provider if experiencing flu-like symptoms.
How it is spread
The virus spreads just as the seasonal flu spreads- through respiratory droplets.
How to prevent the flu:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue and promptly throw the tissue in the trash
- Get an H1N1 vaccine (not yet developed, expected in Nov.)
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people with flu-like symptoms. If you must care for a sick person, they should wear a face mask.
Fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chill, and fatigue. However, not all people who are infected will have a fever.
What to do if you think you have the flu:
If you are a Mills College residential student:
Stay home and avoid personal contact with others.
- Do not return to school or work until you are clear of fevers for 24 hours, without taking fever-reducing medication.
- When to seek medical help: If you have a fever of 101 or higher, call the Kaiser 24 hour nurse advice line at 877.645.5757. They will assess whether or not you need to be seen by a doctor.
- Get support. Residential students should inform their Resident Advisor so that they can help you get the care you need, including a sick tray. All students can call the Division of Student Life for assistance (430-2130), such as notifying faculty for time away from class due to illness.
For more information see What Students Need to Know
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