Influenza information is available for WVU students and parents
In spring 2009, the first cases of novel H1N1 (formerly called swine flu) were identified in the U.S., and spread quickly worldwide, to what was classified by the World Health Organization as a level six global pandemic. To date, about 300 cases of H1N1 have been identified in West Virginia. Experience with this new virus over the summer has led to many modifications in the information and recommendations from last spring. Some significant points about H1N1 virus include:
- Since no one has immunity to this new virus, it is possible many people may get the flu.
- The best means of prevention good hygiene habits and vaccinations.
- Vaccinations to help prevent regular seasonal flu will be available in October at WVU.
- Vaccinations to help prevent H1N1 are totally separate from that for seasonal flu, and may be available by mid-October.
- High risk groups include people between the ages of six months and 24 years including most college students.
- The severity of the illness is suspected to be similar to regular seasonal flu. * Current CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommendations are that individuals with influenza-like illnesses remain isolated in their rooms until their fever has resolved for 24 hours. We anticipate this meaning that most students who get influenza-like illnesses will need to remain in their rooms for only two-four days and should not require them to going home or special isolation housing.
- WVU health officials are working closely with faculty, housing and dining personnel, to accommodate the needs of the students if they become ill.
- Updates and current information specific to WVU will soon be available at http://well.wvu.edu * General information is always available at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.
Some good hygiene habits to help prevent H1N1 virus are wash your hands frequently with soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer especially after coughing or sneezing; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; use tissues one time only and discard in wastebasket after use; cough or sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is not available; stay at least six feet away from anyone you suspect is ill; eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water, exercise regularly and get plenty or rest. If you have a fever or at least 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit, congestion, cough or sore throat and a sudden onset of illness, call a Student Health Services nurse at 304-293-2311.
On this site, WVU provides prevention tips and other useful information to protect against and treat the virus. Specific links to information on the H1N1 Flu are listed below.