Copper Mountain College encourages you to be aware of the symptoms of H1N1 and take steps to prevent infection.
Symptoms of H1N1 are similar to seasonal flu, including fever, headache, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea also have been reported.
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Prevention and Treatment
The CDC is optimistic that the H1N1 vaccine that is currently in production will be available for public use in the fall. Since influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing and sneezing, there are everyday actions that should help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Properly dispose of the tissue after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs and viruses are spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
• Faculty, staff and students who have a flu-like illness should self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others so as to avoid infecting them) in their home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicines), except to seek medical care.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL, YOU CAN VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:
Centers for Disease Control
California Dept. of Public Health
World Health Organization
The National Immunization Program - www.cdc.gov/vaccines
Influenza Prevention & Control - www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/fluvirus/htm
National Institutes of Health - www.niaid.nih.gov
HAVE YOU CREATED YOUR EMERGENCY KIT?
Just like recommended for earthquakes, prepare for an extended time period where you many be isolated or stuck in your home or deliveries and utilities get shut off. Store enough to last you and your family for two weeks. Water, non-perishable foods, and medical supplies top the list. Visit the websites above to get a detailed list on what and how to store an emergency kit.