Anderson, Indiana

H1N1 Precautions

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H1N1 Precautions

Contact campus Health Services, x4222 (765-641-4222, off campus), or a medical provider of your choice, for an appointment if you have any symptoms below.

What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1 in people?
The symptoms mimic regular human flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people suffer diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illness and death is possible. Similar to seasonal flu, swine flu may worsen underlying chronic medical conditions.

Is there a test for H1N1?
Yes. A simple nasal swab is all that is needed; it will be sent to a laboratory to test for the virus.

How does H1N1 spread?
H1N1 is highly contagious. The viruses are spread person-to-person primarily when infected persons cough and/or sneeze. Persons may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. You cannot get H1N1 by eating pork.

Are there medicines to help treat H1N1?
Yes. Antiviral drugs can make you feel better faster. Antiviral drugs work best if started within two days of onset of symptoms. Presently, the CDC is working on the development of a vaccine. AU Health Services are monitoring the CDC's progress.

How long can an infected person spread H1N1 to others?
People with H1N1 may be contagious as long as they are symptomatic and up to seven days following illness onset.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
No vaccine is available at this time to protect against H1N1. Take these commonsense steps to protect yourself from H1N1 and any influenza virus:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Do not pick up used tissues or share eating utensils, bedding or other items with a person who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often.

What should I do if I get sick?
Contact campus Health Services, x4222 (765-641-4222), or a medical provider of your choice, for an appointment.

  • Avoid close contact with others – do not go to work or school while ill. Stay home or in your room for seven days after the start of illness and fever is gone.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues and after coughing or sneezing into hands.
  • Throw into the trash any tissues and other disposable items used by the sick person. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and similar waste.
  • Wipe surfaces (bedside tables, bathroom surfaces, toys) with a household disinfectant, following directions on the product label.
  • Don’t share linens, eating utensils and dishes used by the sick. Wash eating utensils with water and soap.

Learn more about swine flu:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H1N1
Indiana State Department of Health
Madison County Department of Health (MSHD)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hot Line
(800) CDC-INFO (4636)
(24/7, English and Spanish)