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H1N1 Flu Update -- Oct. 6, 2009

Posted Oct, 6, 2009

University Health Services has confirmed two more cases of H1N1 flu this week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three. None of the three students confirmed with H1N1 flu live on campus, and none of the three identified are connected.

In accordance with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), University Health Services will no longer be testing specifically for H1N1 flu now that we know it is here. University Health Services will continue to test for type A flu virus. If a person tests positive for type A, the health center will assume this person has H1N1 flu and treat them accordingly.

We again remind you to be extra diligent about washing your hands and covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Please take advantage of the hand-washing stations found in university buildings and residence halls. We also encourage you to get a seasonal flu shot, either at a university-sponsored flu clinic, from your primary care physician or at your local retail pharmacy.

If you get sick with flu-like symptoms this flu season, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with 2009 H1N1 flu have had mild illness and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs. The same is true of seasonal flu.

Please continue to check this Web site for information and updates concerning seasonal and H1N1 flu.

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